Thursday, August 28, 2008

Vintage Smoky Mountains Photos Now Online

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) maintains a collection of over 400,000 photographs taken during geologic studies of the United States and its territories from 1868 to the present. The majority of these photographs have never been published. Fortunately, the USGS is in the process of publishing the collection to their website – so far, they’ve posted about 38,000 photographs to the site.

Many of the pictures were taken in our national parks. The site includes 154 photos from the Smoky Mountains, most of them taken in the early 1950s, but there are a few from the turn of the (20th) century.

Below are a few sample photos from the collection. All four pictures were taken by W.B. Hamilton in the early 1950s. You can view the entire collection of Great Smoky Mountains National Park photos by clicking here.

Clingmans Dome from Mount LeConte

Mount LeConte in Winter

The Little Pigeon River

Mount LeConte and Emerts Cove


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