President Franklin D. Roosevelt's dedication speech is being recalled as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is rededicated on its 75th anniversary.
About 2,000 people – from high government officials to citizens who were quick to apply for tickets – were bussed from Pigeon Forge to Newfound Gap on the Tennessee-North Carolina state line for the event on Tuesday.
Among dignitaries scheduled to take part in the ceremony was entertainer Dolly Parton, who grew up in the foothills of the Smokies.
U.S. 441, which runs through Newfound Gap, was shut down for the day.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Great Smokies celebrate 75 years
From the Associated Press ...