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 Polk County was founded November 28, 1839.It was taken off Bradley and McMinn, and named in honor of James Knox Polk.
 It is bounded on the north by McMinn and Monroe, on the east by North Carolina, on the south by Georgia, and on the west by Bradley County. The greater part of Polk County is mountainous, and unfit for agricultural purposes. There are copper mines found in this county. They were developed many years ago, and have been worked with success. They are known as the "Ducktown mines." They are situated about forty miles from Cleveland. The mines are about two miles from the Ocoee River, in the midst of hills, surrounded by high mountains in the distance. The principal ranges of these mountains lie between the copper mines and Benton, and traverse the county in a northeasterly and southwesterly direction, occupying, perhaps, more than half its area.
 
Communities in Polk County include Benton, Copperhill, Delano, Ducktown, Ocoee, and  Turtletown ,with Benton being the town seat.


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Burra Burra Mine

 

Polk County

Historical Places


 

Burra Burra Mine Historic District
TN 68 and Burra St., Ducktown

Buzzard's Roost Historic District
 School House Rd. and 211 and 215 TN 68, Ducktown

Center & Abernathy Store Building
Also known as Basin Pryde Restaurant
23--33 Ocoee St., Copperhill
 

Central Headframe
TN 68 S of jct. with US 64/74, Ducktown

Copeland House
Also known as Winston Cloud House
Cookson Creek Rd., Parksville
 

Copperhill Historic District
Roughly bounded by Hill, Prospect, Main and Riverview Sts., Copperhill

Ducktown Historic District
Roughly bounded by TN 68 and alley 2 blocks NW of Main St., Ducktown

Isabella Managers' Row
Ducktown--Isabella Rd. N of US 64, Isabella
 

Isabella Mine Historic District
Along the Ducktown--Isabella Rd., W side, Isabella

Kimsey Junior College
Also known as Ducktown Elementary School
244 TN 68, Ducktown

Newtown Historic District
 Third Sts., Copperhill

Ocoee Hydroelectric Plant No. 2
Also known as Ocoee Number Two;Number Two
U.S. 64, Ocoee
 

Ocoee No. 1 Hydroelectric Station 
Also known as Parksville Dam
Jct. of US 64 and Ocoee R., Parksville
 

Polk County Courthouse
Bounded by US 411 and Ward, Commerce and Main Sts., Benton
 

Reliance Historic District
Roughly bounded by New Reliance and Power House Rds., TN 30, and the Hiwassee River, Reliance
 

Ward, Nancy, Tomb
S of Benton on U.S. 411, Benton
 

Wiggins, William, House
Also known as Nuchols,Dr. J.D.,House;Drug Store
Jct. of Main and Ward Sts., NE corner, Benton

 









 

Nancy Ward Grave