GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, NORTH CAROLINA
Guide to North Carolina Brittany Kearns logs a report for Field Assignment #1: Topography and Climate, on how the Great Smoky Mountains got their name:
The Cherokee Indians have many legends about this area, which was part of their former home. Origin of the name Great Smoky is buried in obscurity, but it was probably suggested to Indians or early settlers by the tenuous mist, a dreamy blue haze like that of Indian summer, or deeper that hovers almost always over the high peaks. Earliest official Government use of the term is in the 1789 act of cession delimiting the boundaries of North Carolina and what is now the State of Tennessee: “… thence along the highest ridge of said mountains to the place where it is called Great Iron or Smoky Mountain.”
—North Carolina: a guide to the old north state (WPA, 1939)
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Brittany Kearns is a Guide to North Carolina. An honorary Southerner, she was born in New Jersey, but now calls rural Chatham County home. She’s got a degree in anthropology, a love for documentary photography and takes film over digital any day. Follow her on Tumblr at thebeekearns.tumblr.com and check out her portfolio at BrittanyKearns.com.