Celebrate the Smokies -- 75 Years of Great Smoky Mountains NP

Celebrate the Smokies

Beginnings

Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established in 1934. Money to buy the land for the park was raised by individuals, private groups, and even school children who pledged their pennies. In addition, the Laura Spellman Rockefeller Memorial Fund donated $5 million. The park was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on September 2, 1940.

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