Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Hiwassee Mine

Marker ID: THC 2A 74
Location: on Tennessee Route 68 0.1 miles south of Burra Burra Street, Ducktown, TN
County: Polk
Coordinates: N 35° 1.984    W 084° 22.872
  35.03306666    -84.3812
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM25RM


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.