The Deal family owned and operated it, hence the map designation of Deals Gap.
The family later moved west to a more hospitable location.
But note that the Parsons Branch Road is “one-way” out of Cades Cove to the Dragon.
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This is the Toll Booth that was located at mile marker 3 circa 1890s.
The road had been known at various times as Parsons, Madisonville/Franklin and the Tallassee Turnpike. The Tail of the Dragon, also known as Deals Gap or just the Dragon, is considered by many as one of the world’s best motorcycling and sports car roads.
The first white men to use the trail were hunters and trappers moving into dangerous territory in the early 1700s.
In 1756 British soldiers struggled through the mountain gaps to establish Fort Louden, one of the first outposts west of the Appalachian mountains.
'Nobody has been up to the loft for quite a long time.
A painter working on the house went up to the loft and immediately saw a wasp nest so closed the hatch and called the owner who contacted me.'We couldn't actually get the nests out without breaking them up or damaging them because they were just too big and the loft hatch was bigger than normal.'The biggest nest we were able to just about remove through the loft hatch and take a photo of was 1m (3ft) in diameter.
Both sides took lives in needless disputes and petty quarrels.
This undeclared warfare resulted in one of the saddest events in our early American history – the Trail of Tears relocation of the Cherokee to Oklahoma.
The Civil War brought more bloodshed to the Dragon and surrounding areas.