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A different kind of ‘posts’ along Sparks Lane in Cades Cove in the Smokies. I’ve not been posting as I’ve been hiking in the Smokies. Cades Cove at one point had more than 300 residents, who were very self-reliant, as they were miles from the nearest store. “No service available” certainly meant much more than no cell phone or Internet connection.

When the Smoky Mountains National Park was established in 1934, the park service made an agreement with the Cades Cove families that they could continue to live in their homes as long as the original residents were alive. After that, their homes reverted to the park service.

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