Monday, July 23, 2007

Wartburg a New Damascus?

The Knoxville News Sentinel has a 22 July 2007 article by Morgan Simmons titled "Damascus, Wartburg share attributes; Regions promote outdoor assets to revitalize economy" that outlines a visit by officials from Wartburg, TN to Damascus, VA. The visitors were there to see how Damascus has been revitalized by the Appalachian Trail and its hikers, along with the thousands more who come along the Virginia Creeper Trail.

The Wartburg, TN downtown will soon host part of the 300 mile Cumberland Trail and hopes are that they will be able to replicate some of the economic benefits that Damascus has experienced. Just so as they don't schedule "Cumberland Days" the same weekend as Trail Days.

(And despite beginning with an allusion to St. Paul's Damascus road conversion, Simmons misses the chance to connect Wartburg, TN with the Wartburg Castle in Germany and its most famous temporary resident, who was a real fan of St. Paul.)

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