What Resources Are Available to Locate Historical Data on Maps of the Smoky Mountains?


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The Library of Congress website has historical maps of the Smoky Mountains region, including maps of explorations, U.S. Geological Survey information and historical environmental data. The National Park Service website offers access to databases of research in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, such as historic weather-map data.

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What Resources Are Available to Locate Historical Data on Maps of the Smoky Mountains?
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On the Library of Congress site, users have access to historical editions of National Park Service maps, including Visitor Center maps for public distribution dating from the 1940s through the 1990s. These maps are available online as JPEGs. Users can locate historical landmarks and driving routes in the park and the surrounding region on these maps.

Other historical maps from Library of Congress include tourism-related maps dating from before the park was founded, as well as U.S. Geological Survey maps that contain information about historical formations and topography of the region.

From the National Park Service website, visitors can access a list of historical sites in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including historic structures, such as houses, barns, grist mills, churches and other buildings. Maps are available for purchase from the National Park Service online or in person at park visitor centers. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website offers maps of historic weather information from the region dating back to 1948 under the heading Gatlinburg.

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