Votes needed to restore Clingmans Dome Tower

A campaign to fix up an iconic symbol of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park needs support from park lovers — in the form of daily online votes through Tuesday, July 5.

Clingmans Dome Tower, which straddles the North Carolina-Tennessee state line at 6,643 feet, is in the running for a $250,000 grant to correct up to 4 inches of foundation settlement and address deterioration along the stone masonry walls, concrete and flagstone terrace. The tower, completed in 1959, is still structurally sound but needs help now to avoid further settlement of the foundation and prevent the need for a more extensive structural repair in the future.

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(Smoky Mountain News, 6/1/2016)