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Jalapa was a very small, rural community in Monroe County, Tennessee, United States, approximately five miles (8 km) south (on Mecca Pike) of Tellico Plains. Located in the Unicoi Mountains (a section of the Blue Ridge), this southeast Tennessee settlement is now considered by the Post Office to be part of greater Tellico Plains.
It is uncertain as to how the community got its name (a name which is no longer used, for the most part). There is some conjecture that it might have come from a Cherokee word, or perhaps from a mispronunciation of Jalapa, Mexico (perhaps brought back by a Mexican War veteran). Jalapa is locally referred to as Rural Vale.
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