Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The Halfway House

Marker ID: THC 2A 51
Location: US 74 east of TN 64,  Benton, TN
County: Polk
Coordinates: N 35┬░ 06.709    W 084┬░ 34.319
  35.11181666    -84.57198333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM25QJ


From the construction of the "Copper Road" from Ducktown to Cleeland in 1853 until the coming of a railroad to Ducktown, this was the midpoint of the two-day wagon haul. Wagoners camped near the inn at the mouth of Greasy Creek. Four-mule teams were usual, but teams of six or eight were occasional. The load limit was 500 pounds of copper per animal in the team.