Daisy Town

Who says you cannot find a little Urban Exploration in the Great Smoky Mountains! This is a shot from an abandoned small resort in Elkmont TN, Daisytown, once a prominent resort community in the Park now left abandoned.

In the early days, Townsend allowed hunters and fishermen to use the Little River Railroad to access the deep, game-rich forests of the Smokies. As the Elkmont valley was slowly stripped of its valuable timber, Townsend began to advertise the area as a mountain getaway. In 1909, Little River Railroad began offering the Sunday “Elkmont Special”— non-stop train service from Knoxville to Elkmont.  In 1910, an affluent group of Knoxville hunting and fishing enthusiasts formed the Appalachian Club and purchased what is now “Daisy Town” south of the confluence of Little River and Jakes Creek. They built the Appalachian Clubhouse for use as a lodge. Within a few years, several club members built cottages, and the club evolved into a mountain getaway for Knoxville’s elite.

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Smoky Gold

Smoky Gold

Last week was our annual NxNW Crew meet up, this year it was in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee. The talented John Deas was our local host and expert in the area having done numerous photographic workshops over the years. This was right after my arrival, only John and I had arrived so before we went on airport pickup runs we drove around to catch some of the Smoky colors and it did not disappoint.

The group consisted of 8 other talented photographers including Robert Lussier (Boston MA area), Dave Wilson (Austin TX), Armando Martinez (Denver CO), John Deas  Hayesville NC,  Jerry Denham TN, Jimmy Denham TN, Michael McClean, Mark Garbowski NY NY, Scott Starks was scheduled to join us but had a back issue and cancelled last minute. Check out these guys links they are very talented.

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