Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Discovery of Copper

Marker ID: THC 2A 49
Location: at the intersection of State Highway 68 and U.S. 64, Copperhil,l TN
County: Polk
Coordinates: N 35° 1.793    W 084° 22.822
  35.02988333    -84.38036666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM25QB


In August, 1843, a prospector named Lemmons, in fruitless search of gold along a branch of Potato Creek not far to the northeast, found a substance which turned out, to his disappointment, to be red oxide of copper. He abandoned it and continued his search for gold, which was never found. The site of his discovery turned out later to be that of the Hiwassee Copper Mine.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.