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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Tellico Plains
Tellico Plains, Tennessee and Vicinity
▶ Monroe County (34) ▶ Blount County (43) ▶ Loudon County (14) ▶ McMinn County (17) ▶ Polk County (7) ▶ Cherokee County, North Carolina (22) ▶ Graham County, North Carolina (8)
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|Known as the “Terror of Tellico Plains,” this eminent Knoxville lawyer gained national fame as Chief Counsel at the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954. He defended more than 600 persons on trial for their lives and never lost a one to the . . . — — Map (db m49578) HM|
|Cherokee Heritage Trails (Tsalagi Usdi Nvnohi) wind through the mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia, in the heart of Cherokee homelands that once encompassed more than 140,000 square miles. Here, where Cherokee people have lived . . . — — Map (db m75410) HM|
|Here in the shadow of the Unicoi Mountains, the Coker Creek community suffered the effects of the Civil War. The conflict closed the lucrative gold mines here and brought devastation and terror to the inhabitants. Both the Union and the Confederate . . . — — Map (db m82296) HM|
|Placer gold was discovered along Coker Creek in 1831. For a time there was feverish digging; $80,000 of Coker Creek gold was mined between 1831 and 1854. Since then there has been sporadic mining here. — — Map (db m49557) HM|
|Four miles N.E., at junction Cane Creek, Tellico River, Fort Loudoun’s Garrison, which had surrendered to Attakullakulla and other Cherokee chiefs, was betrayed Aug. 9, 1760 - while returning under safe conduct to Charleston. 25 were killed; 200 . . . — — Map (db m49577) HM|
|Born in Johnson County, Tennessee, Charles A. Scott came to Tellico Plains ca. 1890 and was actively involved in its development. During his life, he sold off or donated vast amounts of his 15,000 acre holdings to expand the town. He recruited the . . . — — Map (db m60256) HM|
|Throughout the Civil War, both sides depended on the iron industry for vitally important munitions. The Tellico Iron and Manufacturing Company, then located one mile east, caught the attention first of the Confederate army and eventually of Union . . . — — Map (db m82297) HM|
Early Iron and Logging Industries
Tellico Plains’ first industrial venture, the Tellico Iron Works, started around 1825 with the construction of a foundry by an early white settler. Local legend, however, holds that native . . . — — Map (db m116822) HM|
|The path now known as the Unicoi Turnpike Trail has existed for over 1,000 year. The earliest European maps of the area note the trail as a connector between Cherokee Territories and the coastal ports of Charleston and Savannah. In 1756 British . . . — — Map (db m82299) HM WM|