National Geographic : 1955 Oct
THE GREAT SMOKIES... where trees and men grow tall In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, high on the North Carolina-Tennessee border, you'll see the loftiest peaks in the East, majestic reminders of an America that used to be. Known for its superb scenery and magnificent flower ing, it is the culminating point of the Appalachian Mountain system and our most visited national park. Its 700 square miles boast almost as many species of trees as are found in all of Europe. Ideal climate and soil have produced giant plant specimens - rhododendrons over thirty feet high and grape vine stems five feet in circumference. The land has spawned giants among men as well. Here you'll find the ancient dwellings of the mountain people - the independent, self-reliant breed that left the Old World seeking freedom and found it in the Appalachians. From this pioneer stock descended great figures in America's history - Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, John Calhoun and Andy Jackson, Sam Houston and Abe Lincoln. Other mountains may provide greater peaks.., but none has supplied greater men. R I6 TOUR INFORMATION-Ask for our United States Map featuring the National Parks and Monuments. If you would like to drive to any of the National Parks, let us help you plan your trip. Write: Tour Bureau, Sinclair Oil Corporation, 600 Fifth Ave., New York 20, N.Y. SINCLAIR Salutes the Garden Club of America... a*fI n I.I for 42 years of successful accomplishment in stimulating the knowledge and 4 Great Name bi love of gardening among amateurs, in aiding in the protection of native plants and birds, and in encouraging civic planting; and especially for their educational program in conservation and horticulture, and for promoting a full appreciation of __ - - -.- -- our National Parks and " " - -- Natural Resources.