Mountain Families

Generations of families had settled on the mountain range, build their own homes, and created their own communities. Most of these folks never left the mountain, and they farmed to sustain themselves and their families. Life on the mountain could be rough, but these individuals were content with their lives. As time went by, the area created its own communities by having religious services and schoolhouses for the children. Although, the families and communities were spread apart, most of the folks either knew each other or knew of the others. There wasn’t much thought given to the mountain folk by those who resided in the valley or the rest of the country.

Until, the mountain range became an interest for a new national park. Once the land was decided upon as the spot for the new national park, over 400 to 500 families were told that they were going to have to leave their homes on the mountain. Most believed that they may be able to keep some of their land or that they wouldn’t have to leave while few just went along with the eviction and left. There were some families that fought against the idea that they would not be allowed to keep their home and land. One such instance was a man who believed that since he did not accept money from the government for his land, he still owned it. He held off government representatives with his gun, but on one occasion, he had to be away from his home, and when he returned with his wife, they found their home had been razed. Many descendants of those who were forced out of the park do not look kindly upon what had been done to their families. While it seems that the government tried to compensate for what was being done, it is an awful piece of history. There is some land that is allowed to be used to this day by the families, such as cemeteries, however.