After discussing government relocation, Walker turns to a number of fascinating case studies of rural industrialization by exploring the arrival of the Aluminum Company of America in Blout County Tennessee in 1914, the growing importance of mining in southwestern West Virginia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the creation of tourism in the Great Smokey Mountains
in the 1920s and 1930s.
During the tour the group visited the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Opry at the Ryman, Elvis Presley's 'Graceland', Dolly Parton's 'Dollywood' ( in fact the coach during tour was driven by Peper Saucer' Dolly's personal driver), tour up the Great Smokey Mountains
, Loretta Lynn's ranch and home, The Homes of the Stars, The Opry Land Hotel, had a trill of lunch and great country show on the largest showboat in the world 'The General Jackson' as she sailed down the Cumberland River.
Following the Great Depression, Knoxville became an important New Deal city, with easy access to the Great Smokey Mountains
National Park and as the headquarters for the Tennessee Valley Authority.
In Tennessee, assessment teams were surveying damages in an 400-mile expanse covering 25 counties from the Mississippi River to the Great Smokey Mountains
, a mostly rural area.
The first sign came in the Great Smokey Mountains
Ninety percent of bear habitat is gone" in the southeastern United States, says Bob Miller at Great Smokey Mountains
National Park, one of the last remaining refuges for black bears.
Familiar names like the Great Smokey Mountains
and Grand Canyon instantly come to mind as possible places for exciting hikes.