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Townsend City

Townsend City Hall is located at 133 Tiger Drive, Townsend, TN 37882; phone: 865-448-6886.

John F. Shea House, ca. 1904, Old Walland Highway, Townsend, TN, National Register

Photo: John F. Shea House, ca. 1904, Old Walland Highway, Townsend, TN. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. Photographed by User:Brian Stansberry (own work), 2012, [cc-by-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed January, 2015.

The creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the 1930s resulted in the purchase of the Cades Cove community and much of the land to the east of Townsend. Townsend itself changed from a logging community to a tourist center in the late 1930s as it became one of the gateways to the Smokies. These years also saw an expansion of tourist facilities and summer cabins in the area adjacent to Townsend such as at Kinzel Springs. The tourist industry would become a major part of this area's economy after World War II.

  1. Philip Thomason, Thomason and Associates, Historic and Architectural Resources of Blount County, Tennessee, 1989, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.
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