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History Happy Hour: Col. David Chapman: Father of a National Park
Take the Henley Street Bridge across the Tennessee River and you’ll be on Chapman Highway headed south towards the Great Smoky Mountains. That highway honors a community leader, a civic booster, and prominent wholesale druggist, who achieved something extraordinary on a national level. David Carpenter Chapman (1876-1944) is known within the pages of regional history as the “Father” of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – he was fearless in his attempts to make the national park a reality, and through sheer dogged determination was ultimately successful in helping acquire 6,600 individual tracts of land to help establish a national park that now serves more visitors than any other national park in the country.  Join KHP’s Paul James for a look at one of Knoxville’s own who name we may often take for granted every day.

May 19, 2022 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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