Death in the Great Smoky Mountains: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in the Most Popular Park

Death in the Great Smoky Mountains: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in the Most Popular Park

by Michael R. Bradley


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It's no surprise that fatalities occur every year in Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the sheer number of visitors—more than ten million annually! In these cautionary tales, Bradley recounts deaths and other unfortunate incidents that have resulted from accidents and human folly, including bear attacks, swift water disasters, and mysterious disappearances. Armchair travelers and park visitors alike will be fascinated by the dangers lurking in America's most visited national park and will be better informed about what to do and what not to do the next time they enter its gates.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493023752
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2016
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 716,712
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michael R. Bradley has taught US History at Motlow College in Lynchburg, Tennessee, since 1970. He has hiked and camped in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for more than forty-five years. He is the author of It Happened in the Revolutionary War, It Happened in the Civil War, and It Happened in the Great Smokies.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Death Before There Was a Park Jasper Mellinger 1

Chapter 2 A Mystery That Lasted Sixty Years Edward McKinley 13

Chapter 3 Survived the War But Not the Smokies 25

Chapter 4 Not Dead Despite the Odds 39

Chapter 5 The Mysterious Disappearance of Dennis Martin 51

Chapter 6 You Cant Fight Mother Nature and Win 65

Chapter 7 Common Sense Saves Lives 79

Chapter 8 If You Go In Together, Come Out Together 93

Chapter 9 Vanished Without a Trace 107

Chapter 10 Murder in the Mountains 119

Chapter 11 Don't Overestimate Your Ability 133

Chapter 12 Disaster Averted: The Blizzard of '93 149

Chapter 13 Fatal Bear Attack 157

Chapter 14 Deadly Winds, Dangerous Waters, and Distracted Drivers 167

Index 185

About the Author 200

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