New Gap, New Road - Newfound Gap, Tennessee, USA.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 35° 36.783 W 083° 25.420
17S E 280477 N 3943736
Quick Description: This interpretative sign tells the story of how the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, was funded, the people involved & how the National Park became reality. Located at Morton Overlook, Smoky Mountain Parkway, Newfound Gap, Tennessee.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 5/11/2015 12:27:03 AM
Waymark Code: WMNWBJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 9

Long Description:
A scenic overlook along U.S. Highway 441 (Smoky Mountain Parkway). in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The sign reads:
New Gap, New Road
Morton Overlook
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

"I do not . . . favor the scarring of a wonderful mountainside just so we can say we have a skyline drive. It sounds poetical, but it may be an atrocity.
Harold Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, 1935

It's not easy to travel through the mountains. Even driving the Newfound Gap Road is a challenge. That's probably how many mountain people felt - blessed - when they began using the - new-found gap - in the latter half of the 19th century, and the name stuck.

The move to establish Great Smoky Mountains National Park was led more by economic boosters than conservationists. Auto clubs, who wanted good roads through beautiful scenery, pushed hard for the park. In the late 1920s Tennessee and North Carolina began a road-building race to reach Newfound Gap to open up the developing park to tourism. The road was completed in 1932. That April the first visitors drove on it over Newfound Gap.

Ben Morton
Early park supporters believed building park roads would bring economic prosperity to the region. Ben Morton, for whom this overlook is named, was such a believer. As Knoxville's mayor and a member of the Knoxville Auto Club, he and others did much to boost the building of the Newfound Gap Road, which today is one of the most pleasurable and scenic roads in the National Park System."

Erected by National Park Service
Group that erected the marker: National Park Service

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Morton Overlook - New Found Gap, Tennessee, USA.


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