At the northern end of Fannin County bordering the state line of Georgia and Tennessee is the historic mountain town of McCaysville founded in 1904 and the second largest town in Fannin County with approxiametly 1,000 residents. Though today's McCaysville is a toursit destination, McCayville was once considered only a railroad-mining town along with its neighboring border town of Copperhill Tennessee. Though seperate towns themselves, together they form one community with two independent histories. So evident is this unique conjunction that a line has been painted down the middle of the intersection, dividing the two towns so visitors can stand with one foot in each state. Copperhill is the older of the two communities being founded after copper was discovered in the region in 1843.
To learn more about the Copper Basin and the effects it had on the region you can visit the Historic Burra Burra Mine site in Ducktown Tennessee just up the road from McCaysville.