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    I have been to Wonderland Motel. I drove past there last summer but did not stop. There are 100's of snakes there so it is best to go in cold weather when the snakes are not active. I was at Millionairs Row 1/4 mile away from the motel turn left at Elkmont Camp ground drive to the end of the road at the right of the parking area where it says, DO NOT ENTER Millionairs Row is straight ahead about 200 yards. The plan originally was to restore Millionairs Row and make it available for people to spend the night in the old cabins but the park service could not get any money to pay for the project. For 10 years the project has been on hold. The cabins are used for storage they keep shovels, picks, axes, chain saws, rakes, lawn mowers, etc. in them. I live about 4 hour drive from there been there several times.

    Millionairs Row Slide Show
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    I will never give up my Nikon K camera I just hope I can continue to get the film developed and continue to buy film.

    Another thing that is dissapearing is the old style TV sets. Everything is going to HDTV. Even the new TV's that are not HDTV do not have preamp tuners any more. The manufactures naturally assume everyone has cable or satallet TV so there is NO need for a preamp tuner. If you connect a TV antenna to a new TV it will receive nothing but snow. I have been buying up old TV's and old VHS VCR's at yard sales for a few dollars each. Federal law says all TV stations are suppose to be completely switched over to HDTV in 5 years. The days of free TV received from an antenna is almost over. I had cable and satellite TV once canceled them both. DirecTV ripped me off after I cancelled I got charged for another months of service. I refused to pay and was turned over to a collection agency. I later found out that several people from work and several people at church had the same experience with DirecTV and got charged for a month of service after they cancelled and were all turned over to a collection agency when they refused to pay. It makes me mad to pay $65.00 a month to watch advertisements on pay TV. The TV shows are the same shows over and over and over and over for years. Even thought there are a lot of stations I can not find anything to watch because I have seen it more than once already.

    Its funny Canada use to tell the pay satellite TV people, if your signals come down on our property then you are trespassing and we have the right to descrambler the signals and watch free TV and if you don't like it then get your TV signals off our property. Satellite TV systems were not sold in Canada as revenge to that attitude. For years you could not buy satellite TV systems in Canada not sure if that has changed now or what?


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    Laura, when you mentioned physical history, we had to put in our 2cents We too hate to see anything that is related to history buldozed, vandelized or faded away into oblivion or just plain "closed permently "for no apearent reason. We always thougt this is the land of milk, and honey. I guess not at any more.

    And we also wan't to add this. Refering to the term physical history, Just in the last few years we have seen another historical item, dissapear into history that has been around for over 150 years and thats the old everday camera that everyone had at arm reach to snapp the photo of something interesting that someone wanted to preserve and to look back on. in years to come, but now they will be lost in some electronic chip in someones box in the closet.or someones harddrive, and who knows maybe something else will come along that makes that electronic cip obsolete and the photos taking years ago are gone forever.

    I guess we are just old fashion we don't like all these new gagets Some things are a good thing, but why can't we keep some of the old gagets available for those who wan't them.

    . They even talking about doing away with money, as we know it and what you earn will onto a chip as well What next. We are still trying to deal with the old fashion V H S and all the stuff we copyied over the last twenty years It would take years and lots of time and $$$ to transfer everthing we want to preserve onto D V D and most likely never get around to doing, and will be lost for ever as we know the new photos are slowly disapearing from the from everyone private collections. and are stored away in someones hardrive and may be lost for ever We say bring back the old 35mm camera and film and save "physical history". the old fashion way on paper in a photo album

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    Dear Mike,

    I just returned from a short visit to the GSMNP. I
    was up there from last Wednesday to Friday. I took a
    few pictures of where the Wonderland Hotel once stood.
    I was able to get some rough measurements by counting
    my paces from end to end and side to side. (see
    enclosed) Also a few pictures of the Annex.

    Bill

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    ahhhhhhh, the wisdom of the forest service. They never cease to amaze us - they tore down Kentucks Cabin on the back road to Crown King too - we could fill the forums with all the examples - history shmistory right - just tear it down

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    There is a law that will stop old houses and buildings from being destroyed. I know a woman that works for the historic preservation society it is part of her job to keep old houses and building from being torn down. She told me if the building is more than a certain age I beleive it was 100 years old you can file some papers with the STATE to declare it historic and it can never be torn down. Several years ago I bought an old house at an auction. I was planning to fix the place up anyway. The woman served me with some papers to notify me that the house could not be torn down or phisically changed in any way. The kitchen floor was rotted out and fallen in so I tore out the floor and replaced it along with the kitchen cabnets. I put on a new roof and painted the house too. It made a very nice house and I still own it. There is an old original light fixture handing from the living room ceiling I had it apraised at $900.00. There is an original light fixture in 1 bedroom valued at $250.00. If that light fixture ever falls from the ceiling and smashes on the floor there is no way I am going to replace it with a duplicate. For one thing I don't know how I would ever find a duplicate and I am not allowed to replace it with a modern day light fixture unless it is an approved antique replica. It sure is a cool looking light fixture the house just would not look right without it.
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    they are removing the objects for safe keeping at Oak Ridge-??? the same Oak Ridge as in Nuclear research lab fame-? if thats the case they are gone forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bavarialand View Post
    they are removing the objects for safe keeping at Oak Ridge-??? the same Oak Ridge as in Nuclear research lab fame-? if thats the case they are gone forever.

    That would be one and the same!!!

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    My Uncle Lem owned the land that Wonderland was built on ..did you hike thru the smokeys before wonderland was built ? ever run into an old blind man named Lem who was a Bee Charmer and sold honey to passer byers ?
    He was a great story teller

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    Talking Elkmont Directions

    Hey everyone,


    I went to Elkmont quite a few years ago with an old college and recently have had the desire to go back up there. I am from Chattanooga, TN and know Gatlinburg pretty well but I have not been able to get directions from Chattanooga to Elkmont. I am not really sure where it is. Could anyone help?

    Thanks

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    GE says that Elkmont, TN is located at 35.653612 -83.580557; have no clue if that's true or not. GE nailed Metropolis, NV though, so take it FWIW.

    Good luck.

    Al

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    Default Elkmont Ghost Town Directions

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamProse View Post
    Hey everyone,


    I went to Elkmont quite a few years ago with an old college and recently have had the desire to go back up there. I am from Chattanooga, TN and know Gatlinburg pretty well but I have not been able to get directions from Chattanooga to Elkmont. I am not really sure where it is. Could anyone help?

    Thanks
    Go to Maryville TN and take SR73 towards Townsend. Continue on SR73, through Townsend, into the Smoky Mountains National Park. You will be traveling on the RR grade of the Little River Railroad all the way. It winds through the park. Look for the Elkmont Campground Signs.
    Mike

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