Ducktown, Tennessee

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Ducktown is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 427 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Cleveland, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Ducktown is located at 35°2′3″N 84°23′3″W / 35.03417°N 84.38417°W / 35.03417; -84.38417 (35.034162, -84.384275)[3]. The city is situated at the center of the Copper Basin (sometimes called the Ducktown Basin), a broad valley located in the southern Appalachian Mountains near the point where Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina meet. The Ducktown area is part of the Ocoee River watershed, which passes through the Copper Basin a few miles southwest of Ducktown before entering its scenic gorge. Ducktown is centered just north of the junction of Tennessee State Route 68, which connects the city to Madisonville to the north and Copperhill to the south, and U.S. Route 64, which connects the city to Cleveland, Tennessee (via the Ocoee River Gorge) to the west and Murphy, North Carolina to the east.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²), all of it land.

History

Ducktown was the center of a major copper-mining district from 1847 until 1987. The district also produced iron, sulfur and zinc as byproducts.[4] It is also famous for it being the birth place of Rockabilly Hall of Famer, Stan Beaver

The pre-mining period

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