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Roadtreking: Oak Ridge, Tenn.

WASHINGTON — Recently we saw a copy of a letter posted on the wall of a museum. It was dated November third. The letter said. “The federal government is taking your land for a project of vital national importance.

We’re going to pay you fair value for it, and you have to be gone by December 15.” Six weeks to pack up and leave. Hundreds of people got these letters. A fair number of them had been forcibly displaced to make room for the great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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