Pigeon Forge

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Explore the charming town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from its humble beginnings as farmland to a bustling tourist attraction. Pigeon Forge is a booming resort town in Tennessee with the majestic Great Smoky Mountains towering in the background. The national park's birth in 1934 forever changed this once-fertile farming river valley. Pigeon Forge is a vacationing playground with every type of family amusement imaginable, the most noted being Dolly Parton's own Dollywood theme park. The town began with a few large-acre farms and a cluster of farm-related businesses. Its unusual name derived from an iron forge built by Isaac Love in 1819 and the Little Pigeon River that provided power for its operation. The Cherokees, native to the area, named the river because of the countless passenger pigeons lining its banks. Love's son, William, built a gristmill in 1830 that still stands today. The Old Mill is on the National Register of Historic Places.
ISBN: 9780738586113
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Tennessee
Series: Images of America
Images: 240
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Pioneering business people, individuals, and the Pigeon Forge Public Library provided the majority of the photographs in this book. Veta Wilson King, the historian for the city's library, wrote and published Mountain Folks of Old Smoky.
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