The Copper Basin was home to the Cherokee until 1836, and it was shortly thereafter that copper was “re” discovered—nine different ore deposits altogether.
In 1860, several small-scale mines were consolidated to create the Burra Burra Copper Company. The mine extracted over 15 million tons of copper ore during its 60 years of operation and employed more than 3,300 people, making the Copper Basin the largest mining district in the Southeast until about 1900.
Today you can visit the Ducktown Basin Museum and Burra Burra Mine for a deep dive into the 150 years of regional copper mining history and a glimpse into the booming economy brought on by the mineral. Explore 16 structures remaining on the mining site, see artifacts from the by-gone era, watch a video and take a peek into a portion of the mine. We love that you can see three states from the mine!