'Legends on the Lookout'

Learn about the history of DeSoto State Park and surrounding areas of Lookout Mountain.

DeSoto State Park’s ‘Legends of the Lookout’, is a collection of stories about interesting places & the people that made Lookout Mountain home. Enjoy learning about the namesake of DeSoto State Park, the legend of the Welsh Caves, the development of the A.A. Miller Dam at DeSoto Falls, and discover the hardworking builders of DeSoto State Park, the Civilian Conservation Corps. And much, much more!

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The Civilian Conservation Corps- builders of DeSoto State Park

"Memories of Days in the CCC by M.L.

The History of CCC Company 472 by Leah Rawls Atkins(PDF)

Brief History of CCC Company 2436

"Hernando DeSoto in the Southeast (PDF)

A. A. Miller, Builder of DeSoto Dam (PDF)

The Legend of the Welsh Caves(PDF)

Little River Canyon(May's Gulf)

The Story of Granny Dollar(PDF)

Granny Dollar Article by Milford Howard(PDF)

Milford Howard, the Builder of the Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel(PDF)

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