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State purchases Grandfather Mountain

Governor Mike Easley said the state's agreement to purchase Grandfather Mountain means one of North Carolina’s signature landmarks will be preserved forever. Easley announced yesterday the state would buy the undeveloped portion of the tourist destination for $12 million from the Morton family. This is the state's second major purchase of a private tourist attraction recently. The state bought Chimney Rock last year.

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What a deal

Having spent 25 years of my life in the Boone area, and having visited Grandfather Mountain many times, this is the deal of the century. Not only will one of the most beautiful places on earth be preserved forever, but acquiring 2,600 acres for $12 million is amazing. There are homes on 1 acre lots at the base of Grandfather Mountain that cost millions of dollars. Hugh Morton left a legacy on Grandfather Mountain, and I am thrilled Hugh's vision, hard work, and accomplishments will be preserved and enjoyed for generations to come.

The Morton Family

What a fine man Hugh Morton was and what a fine family he has. At 12 million, this was a gift. I hope Hugh and his family are honored at the new State facility. Thank you VERY much!!!


Aren't there more pressing financial concerns that could have been addressed with $12M. I guess a park in the mountians is more important then the folks barely meeting their monthly financial obligations. ei..groceries, rent(mortgages), homeless, food banks..... I don't believe our elected officials are acting in the best interest of the general public.


It is called SAVING our natural resources for the future. Would you rather some developer bought it and turned it into an amusement park? Have you ever been there? I would rather have my tax money spent on something this beautiful than on the welfare rolls.

Easley should have....

Easley's wife should have bought it with her 88% raise.