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Hazel Creek: The Life and Death of an Iconic Mountain Community by Daniel S. Pierce

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Hazel Creek was the most developed portion of what became the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cut off by Fontana Lake (created by TVA in 1944)  and the termination of what became the "Road to Nowhere," (doomed finally in 2010), it has transformed from a thriving lumbering community 100 years ago to a place of fascinating exploration for an intrepid few hikers. It is where Horace Kephart retreated to from the St. Louis Library and where Duane Oliver wrote about the heartbreak of being cut off from the community where he grew up and his kinfolks are buried. This book provides a comprehensive and well-written overview of the community. The author, Daniel S. Pierce, is a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Asheville who has written not only about the Park but also about moonshine and NASCAR. When I wrote this there were no copies of this book on Amazon. 

Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Great Smoky Mountains Association, 2017. 119  pages with an Index, Bibliography, and photographs.