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The first “tourists” to the Pigeon Forge area came for the extended revivals held in the Middle Creek area. These revivals began in the early 19th century and could last for weeks at a time. In 1810, the Revolutionary War brought Mordecai Lewis to the area after he obtained a land grant and Lewis’s son-in-law established an iron forge on the banks of the Little Pigeon River. The town of Pigeon Forge received its name from this forge and the mass amounts of passenger pigeons that flocked there.

In the 1870s, Henderson Springs was a health resort opened in Pigeon Forge. Residents of large urban areas would travel to take in the mountain springs. These springs were thought to have health-restoring qualities.

As of the 20th century, Pigeon Forge was fairly isolated. There were no major roads and the closest railroad station was in Sevierville. The big change that brought life to the small community arose with the announcement of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934, and subsequent highway improvements led to the establishment of campgrounds and lodges.

In 1985, famous Sevier County resident Dolly Parton became a partner in Silver Dollar City. The park's name was changed to Dollywood. Now, the city of Pigeon Forge is now home to hundreds of attractions, fine dining, shopping, and more.

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A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Pigeon Forge

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