There has been much controversy concerning the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the idea of it’s inception. The area now know as Elkmont within the park is no exception. The area started as a logging camp around 1901 when Colonel Townsend founded the Little River Railroad and the Little River Lumber Co.
As logging began to make the area more accesible the tourism trade grew. Townsend sold some of the land to outdoor and hunting enthusiast who soon began to build summer cottages. The former logging camps of Elkmont and Tremont were turned into vacation destinations which led to the creation of the Wonderland Hotel and the Appalachian Club.
By the 1920’s many people began to notice how the logging operations had devestated the land and the push for a national park began. The problem with the national park idea was that the land was owned by private…
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