Check out this classic footage of the Smokies from 1928. Keep in mind that this was several years before the creation of the national park. Take particular notice of the rural area in the shadow of Mount LeConte. Today that same spot is downtown Gatlinburg.
Hang on until the end. You’ll see some of the earliest rainbow trout stocked in the Smokies.
Try to envision that at this same time the only way to get to Townsend or Elkmont was by train. Little River Road didn’t exist and people lived on small farms in Cades Cove.