229 Cherohala Skyway
Tellico Plains, TN 37385
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A Pictorial History of the Tellico Plains Area
224 Pages - Soft Cover
In the year of the 100th birthday of Tellico Plains, A Pictorial
History of the Tellico Plains, Tennessee Area, “The Collections
of Charles Hall,” Including the Tellico Ranger District of the
Cherokee National Forest, celebrates the history before, during,
and after the birth of the town in 1911, along with the
beginning and development of the Cherokee National Forest. A
total of 636 archival photographs depict stories that unfolded
over a span of 100 years from the first European settlers in the
1800s until four years after World War II in 1949.
Author Pamela Hall Mathews, under the scrutiny of her father, Charles
Hall, displays a portion of his photographic collections that
encompass the earliest known pictures of old street scenes and
picturesque mountain, river, and scenic valley views. Pam spent
four years archiving his collections in preparation for the
book. Born in Tellico Plains in 1924 and mayor for 31 years, Mr.
Hall is the town historian, curator of the Charles Hall Museum,
and has collected historical photos and documents from the area
for over 50 years.
The impressive photographs take the reader from a sparsely settled area
to a logging boom town and on to a national forest. The
development of Town Square evolves from pictures of a town with
dirt streets, a few wood framed buildings, and horse-drawn
buggies to paved streets, brick buildings, and gasoline-powered
automobiles. Pictures depicting the chronology of accessing Bald
River Falls include the logging railroad built above Bald River
Falls about 1909, the logging railroad trestle built below Bald
River Falls about 1912, the wood floored bridge built in 1928,
and the bridge built of concrete in 1933 that is still enjoyed
to this day. The addenda section includes Babcock Lumber
Company’s logging operations in the Tellico Mountains that began
in 1906 and the camps of the Civilian Conservation Corps
established in the 1930s. The book is a compelling illustrated
history that follows the people, schools, churches, businesses,
farms, and recreational activities of a small town that lies at
the entrance of the Tellico Ranger District of the Cherokee
A History of Tellico Plains,
10,000 B.C - 2001 A.D.
238 pages, hard cover--$29.95
Charles Hall draws from his rich Tellico Plains heritage, his
massive collections of documents, town records, maps, and
pictures in this 238 page history book of the area that includes
60 historical pictures. Printed in 2001 the book was a labor of
love for the people that appreciate Tellico Plains as he does.
He spent thousands of hours looking at microfilm of old
newspapers, court records and other historical documents. The
book begins with references to the early inhabitants, explorers
and traders and the Cherokee people, along with the first white
settlers and businesses in the 1800s. There are military
sections from the Civil War through World War II. Hall brings
the narrative up to date recounting businesses, general
merchandise stores, banks, factories, civic organizations,
citizens and town officials. The written history includes the
genesis of the railroad, post offices, iron ore and slate
mining, the telephone companies, the volunteer fire department,
the lumber companies (including Babcock Lumber Company from
1906- 1929), roads and highways (including the Cherohala
Skyway), the town officials, the early history of the Cherokee
National Forest and much more.