Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Grandfather 'officially' a state park

"Gov. Bev Perdue has signed legislation that allows Grandfather Mountain to become North Carolina's newest state park," says the Citizen-Times.

"Perdue's signature on Tuesday finalized an agreement to create Grandfather Mountain State Park and protect its nearly 2,500 undeveloped acres. The state will purchase the land from the family of Hugh Morton this spring for $12 million from a pair of state trust funds.

"Morton's heirs will continue operating the Grandfather Mountain tourist attraction, including its nature center and 'mile-high' swinging bridge near Boone. The state also will gain a conservation easement on 749 acres of the property where the attraction is located. ..."

This is fantastic news. Grandfather is a North Carolina treasure.

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