New brochure helps tell history of Old Copper Road

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Posted 4/1/18

Thanks to

the generous support of the Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce's Department

of Tourism Development, the Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance recently

released the Old Copper …

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New brochure helps tell history of Old Copper Road

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Thanks to the generous support of the Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce's Department of Tourism Development, the Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance recently released the Old Copper Road brochure detailing the incredible story behind the historic route.


The Old Copper Road, installed between 1851-53, was established for the purpose of hauling copper ore from the copper mines in Copper Basin to the nearest railroad in Cleveland.


From the very beginning, the framework of the 40-mile stretch of roadway was forged by monumental events and to date, the route continues to make history.  On Feb. 8, 1963, the Tennessee Legislature, under the late Gov. Frank Clements, officially named the section of U.S. Highway 64, between Cleveland and Ducktown, as the “Old Copper Road.” 

 

“Due to various reasons, I had placed the project on the back burner for several years,” states Dana Teasley, project manager and visionary for the Old Copper Road project. 


“In late 2016, I felt it was time to pursue the idea and I arranged a meeting with Melissa Woody, director of Tourism Development for the Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce," she added. 


"In the meeting, I presented the details of the project, which included dedicating the Ducktown Basin Museum and the Museum Center at Five Points as 'bookends' for the route.  From there, we began talking with the other partners involved.  The focus group decided the best way to handle the initiative was to form a nonprofit organization to oversee the project, and it was given the name, Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance,” Teasley continued.    

 

The mission of the Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance is to ensure the route’s historical significance and character are preserved for future generations; to promote and market the highway for its scenic beauty, rich cultural heritage and unique features; engage in beautification and other enhancements along the corridor; encourage economic growth and commerce; and to disseminate the story in a way that enhances both local residents and visitors’ knowledge of the route.   

 

“The route has played such a pivotal role in the building of the Ocoee Region, and everyone involved has been extremely supportive of the Alliance.  We still have a long way to go, though,” Ms. Teasley said. 


She added that there is a lot of missing information which requires further research.  We are asking anyone with stories or information, or have any old photos of the route, to email us at oldcopperroad@gmail.com," she said.  "We are also currently working on a website for the Alliance and will make it available soon.  I’m very thankful this history is now being documented, promulgated and preserved for future generations.”

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