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Ducktown SmokeThe Fight over One of the South's Greatest Environmental Disasters$
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Duncan Maysilles

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834596

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877937_maysilles

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The Setting, the Cherokees, and the First Era of Ducktown Mining, 1843–1878

The Setting, the Cherokees, and the First Era of Ducktown Mining, 1843–1878

(p.14) 1 The Setting, the Cherokees, and the First Era of Ducktown Mining, 1843–1878
Ducktown Smoke

Duncan Maysilles

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how, in 1837, there was only one way to approach Ducktown from the west: along a footpath that began in the Tennessee Valley and then climbed up and over Little Frog Mountain before descending into the Ducktown Basin. It is easy to imagine that a weary traveler might have stopped at some open place along the crest to take a breather and to scan the vista before moving on. The traveler would have seen a great expanse of Southern Appalachian hardwood forest, predominantly oak, chestnut, hickory, and tulip poplar, stretching across the floor of the Ducktown Basin and up the slopes of the surrounding mountains. The sweep of the woods was occasionally broken by the cabins and fields of the few Cherokees who dwelt there, a limited sign of human presence that served to emphasize the dominance of forest and mountains.

Keywords:   Ducktown, Tennessee Valley, Little Frog Mountain, hardwood forest, Cherokees

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