“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ducktown in Polk County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Hiwassee Mine

Hiwassee Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Judith Barber, September 11, 2011
1. Hiwassee Mine Marker
Inscription.  A reconstructed steam hoist engine boiler chimney, originally constructed ca. 1854, marks the site of the discovery of copper in 1843 by a prospector named Lemmons. In 1847 A. J. Weaver leased and dug at this place 90 casks of ore, hauling them on mule back to the railroad 70 miles away at Dalton, Georgia. The ore was sold to the Revere Smelting Works, near Boston. At this site in 1850 T. H. Callaway opened the first mine in the Ducktown Mining District, the Hiwassee Mine.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2A 74.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1854.
Location. 35° 1.984′ N, 84° 22.872′ W. Marker is in Ducktown, Tennessee, in Polk County. Marker is on Tennessee Route 68, 0.1 miles south of Burra Burra Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1547 - 1641 State Hwy 68, Ducktown TN 37326, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Tennessee Overhill Experience (approx. ¼ mile away); Discovery of Copper (approx. ¼ mile away); The Madden Branch Massacre (approx. 3.2 miles away in Georgia); Hiwassee Dam (approx. 10 miles away in North Carolina); North Carolina / Georgia (approx. 12 miles away in North Carolina); Blue Ridge Park (approx. 12.1 miles away in Georgia); William Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist (approx. 12.1 miles away in Georgia); The Halfway House (approx. 12.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ducktown.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2011, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 867 times since then and 33 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 15, 2011, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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