An unforgettable ride: How Klondike Kate and Dolly shaped Pigeon Forge tourism

Mary Pom ClaiborneOur Town Readers

Find out how Klonidike Kate and Dolly shaped tourism in Pigeon Forge. Come to the free screening on Thursday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. at Central Cinema, 1205 N. Central St.

Pigeon Forge is nearly synonymous with Dolly Parton and her famous theme park in the mountains. Some may be surprised to learn that Dollywood has its roots in three theme parks on the same site: Rebel Railroad, Goldrush Junction and Silver Dollar City.

All three parks are linked with the iconic Klondike Katie and the 5-mile track of mountain railroad. But how did an Alaskan train find its way to East Tennessee? And what does the homecoming of another iconic train, Tweetsie, have to do with Pigeon Forge?

This TAMIS screening interweaves commercial footage and home movies along with newspaper research and ephemera from the McClung Collection. 

Mary Pom Claiborne is assistant director for marketing, communications and development for Knox County Public Library


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