Saturday, February 28, 2009

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA

USA-20, originally uploaded by Abhishek's Received Postcards.

This postcard shows the Cades Cove Methodist Church. Methodists in Cades Cove replaced their log church in 1902 with this frame building. John D. McCampbell spent 115 days constructing it and was paid $115. The black-smith-carpenter, who supposedly also made the furnishing, then became the church's minister for many years.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline of the park. It is the most visited national park in the United States. On its route from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail also passes through the center of the park. The park was chartered by the United States Congress in 1934 and officially dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940. It encompasses 814 square miles (2,108 km²), making it one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States. The main park entrances are located along U.S. Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Road) at the towns of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Cherokee, aNorth Carolina.


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