Mountain View Hotel

Early guests of the Mountain View Hotel were at the forefront of what is now a booming tourist economy in Gatlinburg and Sevier County. – SUBMITTED

Hindsight is 20/20, and humans have never been able to predict the future.

Today we associate Gatlinburg with hotel rooms, kid-friendly museums, rides, tourist traps, mountain scenery and hiking. A century ago, practically no one foresaw this. Gatlinburg and the forests and mountains surrounding it were just another place for heavy industry.

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