Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Copper mine and sulfuric acid plant, Copperhill, 1939
Copperhill is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 511 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Cleveland Metropolitan Statistical Area. For years, the production of copper and acid denuded the area of any greenery, and in nearby creeks copper pellets are still visible. Some reforestation between Ducktown and Copperhill has taken place, as a result of plantings of acid-resistant vegetation.
Copperhill is located at 34°59′32″N 84°22′27″W (34.992108, -84.374254), situated in extreme southeast Tennessee, bordering North Georgia.
Its twin city is McCaysville, Georgia, with the two situated as a single town aligned along a northwestward-flowing river, known as the Toccoa River in Georgia, and the Ocoee River in Tennessee, rather than the east/west state line, which cuts diagonally across streets (where it is marked with a blue line) and through buildings. The main street through town is Ocoee Street (Tennessee 68), which becomes Toccoa Street (Georgia 60) to the east-southeast in McCaysville. A truss bridge over the river at the state line links them to Blue Ridge Drive (Georgia 5) to the south-southwest.
In the early morning hours of February 16, 1990, a major flood struck the towns.
As a result of the state line, homes and businesses on the Copperhill side of town have area code 423, while those on the McCaysville side have area code 706.
Burra Burra Mine (Ducktown, Tennessee)
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Posted by Palmer at 11:45 PM