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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Post Card Tuesday: FDR dedicates Smoke Mountain National Park

President Roosevelt Speaking at the Dedication of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial. "Photo by Tenn. State Dept. of Conservation.

The most popular National Park in America was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940, and the event was commemorated on this linen post card, which was probably issued soon thereafter. The spot depicted on the card is easily accessible today. The Newfound Gap Road, which is the most traveled road in the park, runs from Gatlinburg to Cherokee. Near the top, at the TN/NC border is a large pull-off with multiple rows of parking spaces. In addition to scenic views in either direction, there is the large stone platform that FDR is shown speaking from. (I wonder if this area has been used for any public events since.) Below where the Preisent is speaking is this copper plaque:

For the Permanent Enjoyment of the People

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