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Plans For Smoky Park Are Unfolding Rapidly
ABOUT 300,000 VISITED SITE DURING 1932 By GEORGE W. M'COY In The Asheville Citizen-Times So much progress was made in 3932 in the land acquisition pro gram and in other plans for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that it is now expected the present year will see the comple tion of the work of acquiring land so that the national park may he opened officially ami the general program of development started. The outstanding event in con nection with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1932 was the completion by members of the National Park Service staff of plans for a 10-year program of development. The year 1032 saw at least 300, 000 visitors to the Great Smokies, according to figures released by the National Park Service head quarters in Washington, this total representing a large gain over the figures for 1031, when, according to official estimate, 154,000 per sons visited the national park area.. The last 12 months also record ed much progress in the construc tion of approach roads to the park and in the making of definite plans for other approach roads ■which will connect with the roads to be built inside the area by the federal government in connection with its 10-year program of devel opment. Last year also saw much prog ress in the construction of Class A trails within the park boundary, this work affording employment to a considerable number of men. "General development of the park should be started by the Na tional Park Service within a year, since we believe all lands will have been acquired by that time." A. B. Cammerer, associate director of the National Park Service, said while on a visit to Asheville last December. Mr. Cammerer said that after the land had been acquired, the National Park Service will begin l general development in the park area. J. Ross Eakin, superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains i National Park, has announced that the park development plans, over a 10-year period, call for a sys ■ tern of scenic highways within the ! park area totaling 230 miles; the | early establishment of four ma ! jor tourist camps, two each in I North Carolina and Tennessee; I the creation of a large lake in Cade's Cove; and the inaugura tion of an educational program, j which will call for the services of I a permanent park naturalist. Government engineers have i been at work for sometime on a survey of the first of the con struction uniis of the road pro gram. This is a seven-mile link from Newfound Gap to Cling man's Dome, a part of the pro posed skyline highway between Newfound Gap and Deal's Gap i along the main divide of the Great j Smokies. The main park highways will be j roughly paralleled by a system of first class 1 rails, Mr. Kakin said. These trails v ill afford easy grades for saddle horses. Other smaller and steeper trails also will I be built. The new highway, completed in 1932 across the summit of the great divide of the Smokies at Newfound Gap, is now the prin cipal traffic artery into the park. The highway extends from Ela on Highway No. 10 and follows the valley of the Oconalufty river as state Highway No. 107. It climbs through the heart of the lands of Mhe Eastern Cherokee Indians and I the slopes of the main divide to Newfound Gap on the North Caro lina-Tennessee line. At the gap, the highway reaches an altitude of nearly 5,000 feet above sea level. On the Tennessee slope, this road descends by Tennessee Route ' No. 71, near Gatlinburg, where it j joins Tennessee No. 73, a route ; which skirts the border of the i park from Gatlinburg to Mary i ville, Tenn. On the North Carolina border I of the park. North Carolina High I way No. 288, from Bryson City 1 westward along the border of the area, and State Highway No. 108, from Topton to the head of the famous Nantahala Gorge, are pop ular national park touring route?, from which many vistas of the region may be obtained. Near Waynesville, a new highway is be ing surveyed to Soco Gap in the Balsam range. This route, when completed, will be one of the most I popular entrance highways from Hendersonville, Asheville and Waynesville into the park. Mr. Cammerer said recently that a magnificent system of hik ing trails is being constructed by the National Park Service within the park. Many of these are al ready completed and in use. The famous Appalachian Trail, the mountain hiking route from Maine to Georgia, follows the crest of the central divide of the Smoky Mountains, directly through th.? heart of the park. The Cherokee Indians, long un noticed by tourists, have become a center of interest for park trav i tiers sincc the construction of the j new highway through their 60, ! 000-acre domain. The Indians con tinue many of their ancestral cus toms, the Green Corn and Eagle dances and other events. Along the border of the park and in nearby cities are hotels and inns which provide accommoda tions for park visitors. The na tional park is approached by a network of paved roads on both the North Carolina and Tennessee j approaches. The new national park is easily reached from any section. There are many favorite routes from the east and north. From Cincinnati, 0., the Ontario to Florida route over Federal Route No. 25 through Asheville and Hendersonville is popular be cause it has shortened the dis-i tance from the Gulf states to the Great Lakes and offers a choice of entrances into the park in both North Carolina and Tennessee, The 'Shenandoah Valley route from Washington through Win chester, Va., Roanoke, Va., to Winston-Salem or to Bristol, Tenn.-Va., and thence to Ashe ville, is also a popular motor tour ing route to the Land of the Sky and the Great Smokies. Travel into the park is expect ed to increase as spring and sum I mer advance. The entire area of 428,000 acres of 'tjie park on the North Carolina side is expected to be secured and deeded to the Fed eral government this year. Mr. Cammerer said reecntly he ex pects the park service to begin its general development program I within the year. COUNCILMAN FOUND GUILTY DALLAS, Texas.—(UP).—City Councilman Joe C. Thompson •was one of the first found guilty of violation in a recent drive to enforce the city's "blue-law" against opening of grocery stores after 9 a. m. Sunday. BOSTON U. CLAIMS RECORD BOSTON. — (UP). — Boston University claims the world rec ord for turning out potential collcge presidents. No less than 55 of its graduates are active college presidents, a survey re veals. "To Sleep and Dream No More" Peace of spirit and peace of mind are man's eternally, when he finds rest in the arms of his Maker. The final act of dignified funeral serv ice is the co-operation we | offer the bereaved, that they may be relieved of all care in the hour of grief. 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