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David Crockett Maples

David Crockett Maples

Courtesy of Kirby Smith

In the winter of 1875, Polly Maples had an ominous feeling as her husband prepared to leave her, their children, and the warmth of the hearth in their humble mountain cabin. more

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  • Crockett Mountain

    Courtesy of Carroll McMahan

    Crockett Mountain

    Millions of visitors have ridden the Sky Lift up Crockett Mountain since Rel Maples built the attraction in 1953 and named the mountain overlooking Gatlinburg in honor of his grandfather Crockett Maples.

  • David Crockett Maples

    Courtesy of Kirby Smith

    David Crockett Maples

    Both of David Crockett Maples’ feet were amputated as a result of frostbite caused from exposure to a blizzard in the Smoky Mountains in 1875. He lived 53 years using homemade wooden feet and walking canes to get around.