Ramsey Cascades, Gatlinburg, TN

This is the largest waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at over 100 feet. The postcard, for whatever reason, only shows about the uppermost quarter. A web search reveals many stories about a 37 year old man who fell to his death here while trying to hike across the top of the falls. None of the stories mentions his name, “pending notification of his family”. But it seems there were no follow-up stories after that. When it comes to untimely deaths, I’ve often wondered about how some are able to do so anonymously but for others it is a public spectacle.

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