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Formerly used by Cherokee Indians as hunting ground, the town of Pigeon Forge got its name from a town business, a forge or iron works, and the Little Pigeon River that flows through the town. Read up on Pigeon Forge information and plan your travels to the best choice among hotels near Smoky Mountains with Shular Inn.
The story of this remarkable area continues as Revolutionary War officer Colonel Samuel Wear built a fort in Pigeon Forge in 1781, at the mouth of Walden’s Creek. This fort remains a much-visited historical site. Over the next century, Pigeon Forge remained a sleepy rural community—its residents had to go as far as Sevierville to get their own mail.
The 1907 population records show only 154 people living in Pigeon Forge, but tourists began to trickle into town in the 1930s. In 1934, Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established, bringing a great deal more traffic to the area.
Fast forward to the 1980s: Pigeon Forge began to make its voice heard in an ever-expanding tourism market, and when Dolly Parton placed her name on the site of the former Silver Dollar City attractions, now known as Dollywood, business began booming.
Today, the area looks forward to its future as an ever-growing tourist destination, full of plentiful attractions, clean family fun, and natural beauty. Plan your travel to Pigeon Forge today! We look forward to seeing you.