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white settlers, in the late 1830's. There have been Hannahs here ever since. In Little Cataloochee valley, Mark led me over to a newly painted frame church. He pointed to one wall, where the wooden siding had been gouged recently. "Bears chewed those pieces off," he explained. "They like the taste of turpentine in new paint." Stories came out that night as we lounged around our campfire. Mark talked about the Civil War-the 1861 war, he called it. "My great-uncle was in it. I remember him telling me about the time he made five hundred Yankee soldiers run." "Five hundred?" "Yes, sir," he said, eyes twinkling. "Uncle Logan was a dispatch rider. He was in the lead. The five hundred was chasing him." Park Sets Expansion Limits Soon Cataloochee will lose its splendid isolation. A new spur road will lead in from Interstate 40, and a campground is planned. On our return from Cataloochee, I talked with Park Superintendent George W. Fry regarding the park's future. "We have three main objectives in our planning," Mr. Fry said. "To preserve the wilderness aspects of the park, to preserve its historical traditions, and to define the limits beyond which there will be no more develop ment within the park. When we reach those limits-well, that's it. "We'll do what we can to handle the grow ing number of campers," he said. "We plan to add one new campground and develop exist ing ones, increasing the number of campsites from the present 1,500 to about 4,500. Doz ens of new private campgrounds have been springing up on both the North Carolina and Tennessee sides of the park within the past few years, and that should help. More and more people will have to camp outside the park and drive in during the day." Was camping restricted to the camp grounds? Mr. Fry shook his head. "We allow wilder ness camping in most areas of the park, provided the camper notifies a ranger of his proposed route and gets a campfire permit. That way, if he doesn't come out of the woods on schedule, we can locate him to see if he's in trouble. We get quite a few winter campers too-the park is open all year. Most of them 547 KODACHROME BYJAMESL. AMOS N.G.S.