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Your vote can help preserve Clingman's Dome

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You can help The Great Smoky Mountains National Park save an historic East Tennessee treasure.

The park is participating in Partners in Preservation (PIP), a community-based partnership of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to let the public know about the importance of preserving historic places. Part of the campaign is a nationwide vote to earn part of a $2 million dollar grant to save historic sites in our national parks.

The Clingman's Dome Tower is on that list. Located on the North Carolina and Tennessee state line at 6,643 feet, the tower is the highest point in the park. More than 600,000 people visit Clingmans Dome every year.

“Please vote daily to help us win the challenge that will enable us to preserve one of most unique experiences in in the park,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “With these funds, we can help ensure that people have the opportunity to walk to the top of the Great Smokies and take in the view from this historic tower.”

Visitors who make the half mile hike to the tower and climb up can see up to 100 miles of beautiful vistas on a clear day.

The tower is structurally strong, but work is needed to shore up the foundation to keep it from settling and providing stress on the building. Maintenance is also needed on the stone masonry walls and terrace.

“Clingmans Dome is a special treasure for the people of North Carolina and Tennessee,” said Friends of the Smokies President Jim Hart. “Visitors from all over the world flock to this iconic tower and with everyone’s help, we can preserve this magnificent structure for generations to come.”

You can vote every day through July 5 here. You are also encouraged to celebrate your personal experiences at Clingman's Dome on social media using #VoteYourPark.

WBIR contributed to this story. 

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