Hooper Bald

Photo taken while standing on the big rock on Hooper Bald that has the 1615 date scratched into it. Photo by Joy Stewart. July 9, 2002

Second Grade Lesson Plan

No bald in the Southern Appalachians has a more improbable history than Hooper. In the more than 130 years of white-man history it has been reachable only by foot horse wagon, or jeep. Yet it had the first bathtubs in Graham County. The first Angus cattle in Western North Carolina fattened on its wild grass. Fourteen Russian wild boars arrived there in 1912 and the problems and pleasures caused by their progeny will make Hooper Bald remembered for generations.

By Joy Stewart

Robbinsville Elementary School- Graham County Schools

Adventures of the American Mind- Western Carolina Universtiy

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