The Tennessee Copper Company: 1899-1970

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In 1899, the Tennessee Copper Company lifted its first shovelful of red clay dirt from what would become the new Burra Burra Mine shaft overlooking the tiny East Tennessee village of Ducktown. At its peak, the company would employ more than 3,000 workers, drawing from small towns and communities in three states, and would become the largest US mining company east of the Rocky Mountains and south of Lake Superior. It would also become the home of the largest sulfuric acid plant in the world. Generations followed generations not only into the mines but also into the skilled trades and other occupations that made up the greater part of the company’s workforce. In 1963, its parent company, Tennessee Corporation, was merged with the far larger Cities Service Company, which retained much of the company’s original workforce but discontinued use of the Tennessee Copper Company name on January 1, 1970.
ISBN: 9781467107648
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Tennessee
Series: Images of America
Images: 209
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Freelance writer Harriet Frye is a native of Copperhill, Tennessee, and a longtime member of the Ducktown Basin Museum board of directors. Burra Burra Mine, its original structures still largely intact, is now the home of the museum, which is the primary source of the archival images in this book.
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