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Bledsoe County was formed in 1807 from land that was formerly Indian Land as well as land carved from Roane County. The county was named for Anthony Bledsoe, a soldier in the Revolutionary War and was an early settler of Sumner County. He was killed in an Indian attack at Bledsoe's Station. The county seat is Pikeville.
Pikeville is situated in the northern half of the Sequatchie Valley, a deep fertile valley that presents as a large rupture in the southern Cumberland Plateau. The walls of the plateau - Walden Ridge and Little Mountain - rise prominently to the east and west, respectively. The Sequatchie River passes through the eastern section of Pikeville.
Pikeville is centered at of the junction of U.S. Route 127, which connects the valley to Crossville to the north and Chattanooga to the south.
Fall Creek Falls State Park is located atop the plateau to the west. A paradise of more than 20,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in America.