great smoky mountains national park history

Demise of the Wonderland Hotel

Demise of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wonderland Hotel

Wonderland Hotel Elkmont Great Smoky Mountains
Wonderland Hotel Elkmont 1993

For decades the Wonderland Hotel stood in the Elkmont section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Much has been written about the history of the hotel that was constructed in 1911 and its role prior to and after the establishment of the national park.

This article is about the history of the Wonderland Hotel after it was closed in 1992. The National Park Service was confronted with the dilemma of what to do with an eighty year old structure that was badly in need of repair. Continue reading