In 1969, after Pigeon Forge issued a zoning plan assigning the entire strip along US-441 for tourism use, Art Modell (owner of the Cleveland Browns) purchased Goldrush Junction. In 1976, Modell sold the Junction to the Herschend Brothers of Branson, Missouri. The Herschends renamed the park Silver Dollar City after their successful theme park in Branson. The Ozark mountain theme of the Branson location was easily reapplied as an Appalachian theme in Pigeon Forge, and the park's attendance began to climb.
In 1982, hoping the capitalize on the publicity generated by the Knoxville World's Fair, Pigeon Forge initiated an aggressive economic plan that centered around theme parks, outlet malls, and live music venues. The first outlet mall, Factory Merchants, opened that same year. By 1987, there were four outlet malls in Pigeon Forge, and by the early 1990s, outlet malls provided 44% of the town's gross revenue.
The increasing number of tourist attractions brought competition for Silver Dollar City and its chief competitor in Pigeon Forge, Magic World, which had constructed a theme park on the slopes of Pine Mountain in the city's south section. In 1985, the Herschends approached entertainer Dolly Parton (who was born in nearby Sevierville) with a proposal for a partnership in the promotion and operation of Silver Dollar City. After lengthy negotiations, Parton became a minority partner in the enterprise, and Silver Dollar City was renamed Dollywood to kick off a major marketing campaign. The move proved successful as Dollywood continued expansion into the 21st century. Magic World folded in 1994.
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Get to know the spirit of Appalachia on the Rocky Top Trail when you explore the culture, history and beauty of this region through its world-class attractions and “best-kept secrets” spots outside the city. Explore all that Knoxville has to offer, but don't stop there. Use this app to discover the hidden gems that surround Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Customize your trail experience and share your journey with friends.
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About Rocky Top Trail
Rocky Top, a Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways Initiative, follows the path of early American settlers along 282 miles of historic sites and preserved homes, natural attractions and craft communities. Enjoy southern cuisine and East Tennessee’s amazing stories from the 1700s to the Civil War and early 20th century mountain life. Explore points from start to finish, or choose off-trail attractions to see a different side of Tennessee. Find the best of Tennessee’s Appalachian spirit along the Rocky Top: Smoky Peaks to Crafts & Creeks Trail.
Rocky Top takes you through the breathtaking scenery of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the East Tennessee Crossing National Scenic Byway, stopping in small towns along the way, including Gatlinburg, Newport, Pittman Center, Dandridge, Seymore, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Townsend, Knoxville, Friendsville, Lenore City, Loudon and the Maryville area.
In this place you can start with the historical tours which are even more fun filled on a family vacation with entertaining and educational exhibits on display at Carbo's Police Museum, Dinosaur Walk Museum, Elvis Museum, Veterans Memorial Museum and the Smoky Mountain Car Museum.
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With the increasing number of tourists to this area each year you will find many hotels, motels, resorts and Inns which suit to almost every kind of visitor. What gives you more pleasure of stay and an excellent time in the city are the five star hotels in here.
These luxury hotels provide you with the finest of services and many facilities. The hotels in here are located in the most beautiful and breathtaking parts which adds to your overall stay in the city. The restaurants in the luxury hotels serve the finest delicacies from across the globe which sure is tempting for your taste buds.
So if you are looking for a family vacation to the region and budget is not holding you back then certainly you should enjoy every moment with the luxury hotels in pigeon forge.
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