New York: South Publishing Company, 1891.
Softcover. Very good. 6.5" x 5", 47 pp, with fold-out panorama and many additional illustrations. A very good copy with some minor discoloration to the front wrapper, accompanied by the original mailing envelope (posted to Forest Grove, Oregon); four-page announcement of the Second Annual Excursion of Stockholders of the East Tennessee Land Company and sale of lots at Harriman (chip missing from one corner); and a four-page booklet by Otis W. Snyder titled "A Kentuckian's Tribute to a Tennessee Town" (some soiling to first page). Scarce promotional book showcasing the features of this town founded in 1890 with the express purpose of being an alcohol-free community. Although named after Union General Walter Harriman, the town was the brainchild of Frederick Gates, a Methodist minister from New York who envisioned an industrious society where "no manufacture, storage or sales of intoxicating liquor or beverages" would take place. "Seeking a land venture that could attract industrial and economic development while avoiding the vice-driven pitfalls of late 19th century company towns, Gates and fellow prohibitionists chartered the East Tennessee Land Company in May 1889. In subsequent months, the company acquired several hundred thousand acres of land around what is now Harriman....The company's early investors included 1888 Prohibition Party presidential candidate General Clinton B. Fisk, who served as the company's first president, Quaker Oats co-founder Ferdinand Schumacher, and publishers Isaac K. Funk and A. W. Wagnalls" (wiki). This book describes the origins of the company, its holdings (which included coal and iron mines as well as land intended for agricultural and commercial development), the newly constructed residences, businesses, factories, and public institutions of the town, and the inducements to further investment. All might have been well were it not for the Panic of 1893, after which the East Tennessee Land Company was forced into bankruptcy, unable to pay off the million-dollar loan used to finance its initial operations. .