The Great Smoky Mountains and Sevier County, in particular, have been major tourist destinations since the 1920s. Since then, many attractions, motels, restaurants, and other businesses have come and gone, including Jolly Golf, Magic World, Archie Campbell's Hee Haw Village, the Rebel Railroad, Goldrush Junction, and dozens more. This book collects and preserves the memories of these "lost attractions" that formed the foundation of today's Sevier County tourism economy.
Author Bio: Tim Hollis has become well-known as a historian of the Southern tourism industry. Hollis has written five previous books for Arcadia Publishing and has penned numerous other titles on roadside nostalgia and baby boomer pop culture for the University Press of Mississippi, University Press of Florida, Stackpole Books, and History Press. Mitzi Soward has been a resident of Sevier County since 1965, when her family opened the Bear's Den Motel. She is the cofounder of the annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival. Together in Images of America: Lost Attractions of Sevier County they document the changing face of tourism in this renowned vacation center.
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