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An 1886 Trip to the Smokies

Photograph collection exhibits Victorian-era Smokies images

The Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project is pleased to announce the availability of the William Cox Cochran Great Smoky Mountains Photographic Collection. Cochran, an Ohio lawyer and trustee of Oberlin College, captured the 89 images in this collection while on a trip to East Tennessee in August 1886.

The photographs consist largely of images of people and landmarks in and around what is now known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The photographic images were donated by Miss Mary Rudd Cochran, daughter of W.C. Cochran, to the University of Tennessee Libraries in 1959.

The Cochran Collection, as well as many other Smokies digital collections, can be seen at

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