From: "Two Years of Harriman, Tennessee, Established by the East Tennessee Land Company February 26, 1890" Designed Illustrated and Printed by The South Publishing Co., 22 College Pl. N.Y.

At Big Emory Gap, in Roane County, Tennessee, where the Emory river breaks through Walden's Ridge, after its rapid descent from the Cumberland Plateau, it was ordained by nature that a town should be. Col. BYRD, who here held large ownership of land, always thus insisted, and died firm in such faith. Here, with coal close at hand on the west and with iron near by on the east and within ten miles to the south, there was every essential condition for the establishment of a city with the purest water supply, the best natural drainage, picturesque surroundings, admirable climate. And here the East Tennessee Land Company located Harriman, within a crescent formed by the Emory river, between the Cincinnati Southern Railway on the west and Walden's Ridge division of the East Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia Railway on the north; fifty miles west of Knoxville, via this latter line; eighty miles north of Chattanooga, and 255 miles south of Cincinnati, via the Cincinnati Southern Railway.

In this favored spot, in a State largely defended from saloon influences by the Four-mile Law, certain well-known advocates of Prohibition had resolved on creating an industrial town, where labor should have its own, where homes and churches and schools might find their highest chance, free from the liquor traffic. Chief among these men determined on combining a great moral and economic principle with an extensive commercial enterprise, for its clear demonstration and for the best industrial results, was clear demonstration and for the best industrial results, was General Clinton B. FISK, who had been the Prohibition candidate for President in 1888, and whose military service in Tennessee, as Freedman's Commissioner in command of the entire State at the close of the war, had given him a strong hold upon its people, and a high opinion of its advantages and its future.