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TN History for Kids

Benton County

A monument where Cline, Copas and Hawkins died

County seat: Camden

Benton County contains the saddest monument to country music you will ever find.

On March 5, 1963, a small plane crashed here, killing three members of the Grand Ole Opry--Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Harkshaw Hawkins. Today, country music fans visit the site of the crash, which contains markers and a bulletin board you see here.

A freshwater pearl in its natural habitat

Benton County is also associated with one of Tennessee's more unusual state products--freshwater pearls.

Click here to take a virtual out of the Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm, in Benton County.

Benton County

County Seat: Camden

Population (2015 estimate): 16,129