Like most of Appalachian Tennessee, Polk County was a divided land during the Civil War.
Residents formed both Confederate and Federal units. Benton, the county seat, was a regional crossroads, but Ducktown, where the Burra Burra Copper Company . . . — — Map (db m178020) HM
In 1906, the L & N Railroad completed a new line through this community (then called Murny) and constructed a station, which also served Benton. William Hinton "Bear” Lawson's generosity made the station possible. He gave the railroad free access . . . — — Map (db m178037) HM
According to legend, Nancy Ward (Nanye’hi or Na-ni) was born in the 1730s at Chota in the Overhill Towns, at a time when Cherokee society was largely traditional despite the extensive fur trade. As the child of a Cherokee woman, Nancy was by birth a . . . — — Map (db m109274) HM
High priestess of the Cherokee and always loyal friend of white settlers, is buried on the ridge to the west. She repeatedly prevented massacres of white settlers and several times rescued captives from death at the hands of her people. She is also . . . — — Map (db m80167) HM
In 1910 J.G. White Construction Company began work on the Ocoee Dam #1. A coffer dam* was built using large timbers and bows of evergreens. These were laid to help hold back the banks of dirt. Tracks were built on top of the coffer dam allowing dirt . . . — — Map (db m178044) HM
Construction began on Ocoee No. 1 in 1910 and 18 months later it was supplying
electricity to nearby Chattanooga. Designed and built by the Tennessee Electric Power Company (TEPCO), TVA acquired both Ocoee No. 1 and No. 2 in 1939.
Located in a . . . — — Map (db m178038) HM
Once called the “Dynamo of Dixie,” Ocoee No. 1 has dependably and efficiently generated electricity for most of this century. When built in 1912, hydroelectric power in the United States was in its infancy.
Over the years the powerhouse . . . — — Map (db m178040) HM
Dedicated to the memory of
the men of Polk County, Tenn. who
gave their lives and to all who
served in World Wars I and II
And these our dead
World War I
Adams, James • Breeden, Bascome • Cate, . . . — — Map (db m178023) WM