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In September 1916, the eastern Tennessee town of Erwin earned a notoriety that would shadow it for a century, when a five-ton elephant was lynched in the railyard, suspended from a railroad derrick before a crowd hungry for her blood. more

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June/July 1988

Photographed by Grandfather Mountain owner Hugh Morton

A look back at some favorite covers and a note on what was in the issue. more

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John Fox, Jr.

Library of Congress

Friend of Theodore Roosevelt, husband of opera diva – to the extent there was national fame back in the early 1900s, “Lonesome Pine” author John Fox, Jr. had it. more

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Ed Phillips

Since we last explored the Brown Mountain Lights (March/April 1995), new scientific research teams were formed, the Burke County Tourism Authority offered sold-out symposia, the lights were featured in a National Geographic show and more. more

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Joe Tennis

The North Carolina native offers tours at the Oconaluftee Indian Village. more

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Courtesy of Wild Blue Adventure Company

Chris Kappler turns flying obsession into soaring sideline business. A chance encounter with a discerning pilot changed a 15-year-old’s life forever. more

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Lauren Stonestreet: elleeffect.com

A happy accident led Nancy Bruns to revitalize her family’s 200-year-old West Virginia salt-making business. more

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Left and inset courtesy Staengl family. Right by Ezra Staengl

The young Virginia naturalist is on a quest to protect nature and inspire others to do the same. more

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Mam and Cubs

Jon Phillips of J & G Photos; facebook.com/JandGPhotos

These charmingly intimate views of a female black bear and her cubs—which are born at a mere eight ounces—show the deep personal connection between mama and her babies. more

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Andy Chabot

The wonders of the train include, well, not driving, as well as great stops to explore along the way. more

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Our readers have spoken! Here are their picks for the best people, places, things and more in the Southern Appalachians. more

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Cheryl Rodewig

The 292 acres of stunning green beauty are well worth a visit. more

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He combines his love of the outdoors with a penchant to help others. more

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Annie Laura of 621Studios.com

Jay Marion's work in the ground creates a connection between his grandparents and his grandson. more

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Joe Tennis

In the third of our 30th Anniversary look-backs, we find a blend of old and new. more

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Holt Messerly

An interest hatched at age 10 became a life-long obsession. more

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In the second of our 30th Anniversary revisits to stories over those years, a new look at a broken life ended with a fire. more

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These parks hold strong promise for life-listers, great trails, scenery and more. more

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The tiny town of Eggleston, Virginia, is being transformed. more

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Here's your guide to 177 great gatherings to help you plan your 2018 mountain travels. more

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