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Copperhill Making A Comeback

Copperhill's roots may be in copper slag, but now days the town is looking for tourist gold. The towns of the Copper Basin are famous for the red desert that surrounded them for 50 square miles, a result of clear-cutting the timber for fuel to burn in open-air smelters. The desert hills were featured in national magazines, including National Geographic, and photographed from space by NASA. That desert past, from the discovery of copper in the 1850s until the closing of the mines in the 1980s, is recalled in photos, mining equipment and documents at the Ducktown Basin Museum.

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