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A town dies, a park is born

Today the former town of Elkmont, TN in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a magnet for lovers of the synchronous firefly display. But in the early 1930s nature’s display was being outshone by political sparks flying in all directions. The previously bucolic summer haven for the socially prominent and wealthy […]

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The Great Smoky Mountain synchronized fireflies

Please welcome guest blogger Dylan Thuras. Thuras is a travel blogger and the co-founder of the Atlas Obscura: A Compendium of the World’s Wonders, Curiosities, and Esoterica, with Joshua Foer. The following post ran originally on Boing Boing. Happening right now, and for the next few days, the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee will light […]

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