Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance

On Friday, September 18, programs manager Dr. Lydia Simpson joined our project partners with the Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance for a stakeholders meeting in Ocoee, Tennessee. Dr. Simpson and graduate student Stefanie Haire are working with the Alliance to help expand its online interpretation of the route’s history as well as create new interpretive signage. Mike McClanahan of the Tennessee Department of Transportation also joined the meeting and discussed the steps necessary to achieve official scenic route designation. The Old Copper Road was originally constructed as a plank road by John Caldwell in the 1850s to bring the copper of the Ducktown Basin to the newly constructed railroad in Cleveland. Today, U.S. Highway 64 follows much of the route, but a few primitive segments remain.

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