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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 Revival of Ducktown Mining and the First Smoke Suits, 1890–1903

The Revival of Ducktown Mining and the First Smoke Suits, 1890–1903

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(p.36) 2 The Revival of Ducktown Mining and the First Smoke Suits, 1890–1903
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Ducktown Smoke
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Duncan Maysilles

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877937_maysilles.6

This chapter describes Ducktown's copper resources as a proven fact, as was the demand for the metal to supply America's growing telephone, telegraph, and electrical industries. Completion of rail connections to Atlanta and Knoxville provided the last needed element for the revival of mining in the district. Capitalists on both sides of the Atlantic were alert to the new opportunities. London investors, operating as the Ducktown Sulphur, Copper & Iron Company, Ltd. (DSC I), monitored the course of railroad construction, acquired the holdings of the old Union Consolidated Mining Company, and spent heavily to reopen the mines as the final lengths of track were laid. In 1891, another group of investors from Pittsburgh leased the School Property Mine and Polk County Mines, and operated them under the name of the Pittsburgh & Tennessee Copper Company. The third, and eventually, dominant entity in Ducktown's restored industry was the Tennessee Copper Company.

Keywords:   Ducktown, copper resources, electrical industries, rail connections, revival of mining

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