How this observation tower weathered a media storm 

Great Smoky Mountain Controversy?

Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Smoky Mountains 

In the 1950s, a project called Mission 66 aimed to improve park infrastructure ... 

Which included a general observation tower for the public 

But the National Park Service and the National Park Association battled over the design 

The NPA called the structure "flashy" and "conspicuous" 

The feud was picked up in newspapers and magazines across the country 

But in the end, the design was popular with locals. Ground was broken in 1958 ...  

Today, it remains a popular landmark among visitors! 

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