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Cherokee in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

A Mountain Sanctuary

 
 
A Mountain Sanctuary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
1. A Mountain Sanctuary Marker
Inscription. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a sanctuary. This is one of the few places in the eastern United States where animal populations can live, propagate, and die with relatively little influence from humans. Plants flourish in untold numbers and often achieve record size. Gene pools are remarkably diverse. Some species here are rare or endangered, and new species may yet be discovered.

These mountains have also become a refuge for humans. But a natural area like this benefits people far beyond the simple pleasure of being in an unspoiled forest. It provides clean water to nourish communities, and a diversity of life that helps make our world so interesting. Many have called the Great Smokies a living laboratory, providing a standard to help monitor the health of the world's environment.

"Man has created some lovely dwellings-
some soul-stirring literature.
He has done much
to alleviate physical pain.
But he has not...
created a substitute for a sunset,
a grove of pines,
the music of the winds,
the dank smell of the deep forest,
or the shy beauty of a wildflower."

Harvey Broome, Naturalist

 
Erected by National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 
A Mountain Sanctuary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2012
2. A Mountain Sanctuary Marker
36.636′ N, 83° 25.543′ W. Marker is in Cherokee, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker is on U.S. 441. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cherokee NC 28719, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (a few steps from this marker); Land of Blue Smoke (within shouting distance of this marker); “To the free people of America” (within shouting distance of this marker); People of the Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Land of Diversity (within shouting distance of this marker in Tennessee); Hands That Built (within shouting distance of this marker); The Appalachian Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Smokies (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Cherokee.
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironmentNatural Features
 
Nearby Land of Blue Smoke Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
3. Nearby Land of Blue Smoke Marker
"Man has created some lovely dwellings - some soul-stirring literature. He has done much to alleviate physical pain. But he has not... created a substitute for a sunset, a grove of pines, the music of the winds, the dank smell of the deep forest, or the shy beauty of a wildflower." Harvey Broome, Naturalist
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,017 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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