The name Pigeon Forge is a combination of the town's first business - an iron works - and the Little Pigeon River which was a natural stopping point for huge flocks of passenger pigeons. A little more than a quarter of a century ago Pigeon Forge was a small, peaceful community where cornfields were interrupted only by the occasional business venture and two traffic lights along Highway 441. That two-lane road is now six lanes wide and currently known as the Parkway. A major turning point for Pigeon Forge came in 1986 thanks to the opening of Dollywood, the mega popular theme park named for country music icon Dolly Parton. Paula Deans Family Kitchen and Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville are also boosts for the Pigeon Forge area. While Pigeon Forge proudly stands on its legendary history, it also looks forward to the unfolding of its future as a lively, constantly growing community where the Smoky Mountains entice residents to the natural beauty of the area.
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