Historic information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
It was March 18, 1976 when a park ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park responded to a report of what appeared to be an abandoned automobile. The station wagon in question was found in a secluded parking lot in the Elkmont section of the Smokies. Upon further investigation the car was traced to
In 1915, after a heated argument with his father, a 12-year-old boy ran away from his home in Blount County, determined to reach his grandparents who lived on the other side of the Smoky Mountains. Following an old wagon road that roughly traced the route of today’s U.S. Highway 441 through the park, the boy
There are many historic pioneer structures remaining in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and most of them are well known and heavily visited. One lonely cabin remains somewhat hidden however and is a bit of a secret from many of the millions of visitors to the Great Smokies. This wonderful treasure is known as
Making it through winters here in the Smokies region isn’t that big a deal. The lower elevations where most live don’t normally get a lot of snow and the temperatures only occasionally dip below zero. However, once you get as far north as Boone or Blacksburg, Va., that scenario starts to change drastically. The early
During his thirty years tracking lost souls through the Smokies and beyond McCarter rescued twenty-six people, many of them children. These days he’s still in the mountains, often thinking about those he found—and the few he didn’t. The last lost boy he found was named Phillip Roman. Phillip, who was ten years old, had wandered away from
In 1992, Lynn Faust read an article in Science News written by mathematician Steven Strogatz. The Article explained the subject of synchronized flashing of fireflies known to exist in Southeast Asia. Lynn was somewhat disappointed that the fireflies at Elkmont near her summer cabin had not been mentioned, so she wrote a letter to Strogatz.
Local author Ron Rader is passionate about the Great Smoky Mountains. That led to his book “The Blue Mountains Sing of Rivers, Old Men, Trails and Trout,” a memoir that shares a title with a presentation he will give Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the LeConte Convention Center, as part of Wilderness Wildlife Week. >>
In the late 1930’s, a young Californian named Joseph Hall was invited by the park service to come to the Smokies and record it’s people. “Because he was a linguist, he was interested in documenting the speech of the people of the Great Smoky Mountains,” says Dr. Ted Olson of East Tennessee State University’s Appalachian
Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library will produce a new digital collection of 2,000 items focused on the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with support from a $93,000 grant from the North Carolina State Library. This 1920s photograph depicts men at LeConte Lodge. The lodge still serves visitors today on the third highest peak