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The Drug Store (left) and Polk County News block in Benton
Location of Benton in Polk County, Tennessee.
|Named for||Thomas Hart Benton|
|• Total||3.03 sq mi (7.85 km2)|
|• Land||3.03 sq mi (7.85 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||741 ft (226 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||421.36/sq mi (162.71/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1327567|
Benton is included in the Cleveland Metropolitan Statistical Area. Nancy Ward, a Cherokee known as Nanyehi, was a Beloved Woman, a leader among her people. For many years, she participated in negotiations with the British and Americans. After the American Revolution, she had an inn here and was finally buried here. The Nancy Ward Chapter of the DAR, named in her honor, has marked the graves of her and her son Fivekiller.
Benton was founded in 1840 as a county seat for Polk County, which had been established the previous year. The town, originally a trading post known as McKamy's stock stand, was named in honor of Thomas Hart Benton.
The Benton fireworks disaster was an industrial disaster which occurred on May 27, 1983 on a farm southeast of Benton. An explosion at a secret illegal fireworks operation killed eleven, injured one, caused damage within a radius of several miles, and revealed the operation. The operation was by far the largest and most successful known illegal fireworks operation and the blast, having been heard over 20 miles away, was arguably the largest and most powerful explosion involving firework explosives.
Benton is located at Ocoee River and the Hiwassee River, roughly 34 miles (55 km) upstream from the latter's mouth along the Chickamauga Lake impoundment of the Tennessee River. The Unicoi Mountains rise prominently to the east of Benton.(35.173185, -84.650000). The town is situated just southeast of the confluence of the
Benton is centered on the junction of U.S. Route 411, which connects the town to Etowah to the north and Tennga, Georgia to the south, and Tennessee State Route 314, which connects Benton to Parksville and the Ocoee Dam area to the southeast. Benton is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) east of Interstate 75.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), all land.
One of the scenic areas around Benton is Lake McCamy, where a hiking trail leads to the Benton Falls.
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||5||0.33%|
|Hispanic or Latino||29||1.9%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,523 people, 645 households, and 438 families residing in the town.
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