Introduction

Elgin P. Kintner, M.D.

Elgin P. Kintner, M.D. created these extraordinary views by taking several photographs in sequence and then arranging them in order to make panoramic images. At the time the scenes where shot in the 1960s and 70s, the panoramas could only be created by hand. Using modern technology, the images were scanned and then "stitched" together to create the seamless panoramas that you see here.

In 1952, Dr. Kintner moved with his family to Maryville, Tennessee to become the first full-time pathologist at Blount Memorial Hospital. In addition to being a dedicated and talented professional, his avocation and passion were hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although the pathology laboratory remained open, he closed his office on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons to trek in the Smokies. Accompanied by his camera and various friends, Dr. Kintner hiked all the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains at least once and most he hiked many times. His favorite locations for taking his panoramic images were from the vantage point of the fire towers in the Park. Many of the images were taken in winter when the drift of snow and the treeless landscape best displayed the topography of the mountains. Although Dr. Kintner passed away on May 25, 2008 at the age of 90, his images will live on as a unique view of the Smokies.