A Hidden Town in The Great Smoky Mountains

kim kardashian

Typically, most people go about their day with many thoughts in their mind. Going from here or there, rushing around like jack rabbits, doing routine things, visiting places they’ve been hundreds of times and never truly take notice of. What happens when you slow down? When you actually take notice of the things around you? The world is a big place, with many things to see and if you look close enough, you may just discover something enchanting.

High in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, located in its National Park, hiker, Jordon Liles, who lives in San Diego, CA, was out for a walk when he discovered an old abandoned town, equipped with The Wonderland Hotel, which was built in 1912 and several luxurious homes. The town has been abandoned since 1992 when the hotel, then known as The Wonderland Club, closed down. Several of the homes were still in use though the last lease expired in 2001. The town according to MTV, was used as a lumbering outpost, in it’s heyday, where it harvested trees and transferred them to Townsend. The rail company, Little River eventually went under, making it impossible to get the lumber where it needed to go.

When there was no prophet to be gained, the townsfolk moved on, leaving behind the remains and memories of what the town once was. Several of the homes have caved in roofs, mashed up floorboards, soaked with mold and moss, as well as glass and old furnishings scattered about. Some of which include, old washers, mattresses and barrels.

Liles, took several photographs and recoded video footage of his discoveries. The images are frightening and give an uneasy feeling due to its abandoned structures, though they have a sense of tranquil beauty. The town demonstrates what happens when humans are taken out of the picture, how nature takes over and inhabits the lands that we humans claim to own.

Video and Photo Via YouTube/Jordan Liles

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