Talk:Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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I would like to request that the following link be added to the external links section:

The site does feature commercials, but the majority of content, particularly on the page I request a link to, is information of value to persons interested in vacationing in the Pigeon Forge area. The information presented includes contact information for hospitals, churches, and public recreation facilities. Along with paid advertisements, the site contains a calendar of events that is constantly updated. I created the page and maintain that the information it presents is valuable to individuals interested in vacationing in Pigeon Forge.

Please see WP:EL for out guidelines on external links. Briefly, you shouldn't add links to your own site. If it's worthwhile someone else will do so. Also, I saw you deleted another link, which doesn't seem very sporting either. -Will Beback · · 20:26, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

I object to your disparaging remark. Yes, I replaced my own link you removed earlier. I then deleted it myself after I read your message referring me to the policy, which I was formerly unaware of. I now understand after reading the policy that individuals who own or act as agents for a site must not add their own links. This is why I deleted the link I added and subsequently made my request in the discussion area to add the link. In the past I also deleted a link to a storytelling festival at I deleted it because it seemed unreasonable that one festival among many in the Pigeon Forge area should be highlighted. Other than these two, I do not recall any other deletions I have made.
I haven't made any disparaging remarks. If I've unintentionally offended you I apologize. -Will Beback · · 21:26, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

The town's name more likely comes from the Little Pigeon River that runs through the area.

is there a listing for lodging in pigeon forge?[edit]

I could not find a listing for any types of lodging in Pigeon Forge, TN? Is there a reason for this? 06:51, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia is not a travel guide. -Will Beback · · 07:09, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Fate of the roadside attractions[edit]

My family used to drive to the Pigeon Forge area in the 1980s to attend family reunions. At the time I remember lots of gaudy kid-oriented attractions on the main strip through Pigeon Forge such as a maze, many water slides (I saw signs for one a mile long - I never saw it though), a brightly painted ghost town (I think it had something to do with Archie Campbell), water bumper boats, fantasy golf courses, and lots of other tourist traps. Last year I drove through Pigeon Forge for the first time in about a decade and the kid attractions were mostly gone and were replaced with convention centers, restaurants, and outlet stores.

I have been wondering ever since what happened to the attractions and then I came across this paragraph:

The increasing number of tourist attractions brought competition for Silver Dollar City and its chief competitor in Pigeon Forge, Magic World, which had constructed a theme park on the slopes of Pine Mountain in the city's south section. In 1985, the Herschends approached entertainer Dolly Parton (who was born in nearby Sevierville) with a proposal for a partnership in the promotion and operation of Silver Dollar City. After lengthy negotiations, Parton became a minority partner in the enterprise, and Silver Dollar City was renamed Dollywood to kick off a major marketing campaign. The move proved successful as Dollywood continued expansion into the 21st century.[23] Magic World folded in 1994.

This implies to me that Dollywood knocked out all the small attractions while eating Magic World. Is that what happened? Did Dollywood's increasing popularity put the small operators out of business? If so, someone may want to expand on this in the article, perhaps replacing the last sentence of the paragraph I quoted like this:

The small tourist attractions started folding shortly thereafter and were replaced by convention centers and outlet stores. Magic World folded in 1994. (talk) 03:41, 16 August 2009 (UTC)