Greenback, Tennessee

I really like the rounded corners on this shop/garage in the Smokey Mountains (just East of High Top and Lotterdale Knob, among other awesome placenames). It looks like it was built in the mid-20th-century according to modernist principles and never, thank goodness, redone as fashions changed. Evidently “Greenback” was the fourth choice for the town’s name—Thompson Station, Pine Grove, and Allegheny Station were already taken. So the town was named for the Greenback Party, a populist movement that favored the re-issue of paper money, formed largely by farmers who had lost money in the Panic of 1873.

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