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National Archaeological District At Moccasin Bend Took Significant Step Forward Thursday With Announcement Of Gateway Project At Entrance To Site Off Hamm Road In Chattanooga. Three years ago, National Park Service presented General Management Plan Amendment for Moccasin Bend, casting long-term vision for nation's only site designated as archaeological District. Announcement launch next phase, it's about telling Moccasin Bend's stories. Stories of Moccasin Bend are truly timeless, Tricia Mims, executive director of National Park Partners, told group of MORE than dozen people on hand Thursday at site on eastern edge of Bend's peninsula. They go back millennia to time when first people inhabited Chattanooga's ridges and valleys through contact with and eventually making this land their home. Mims say Moccasin Bend's stories include pivotal events of Civil War and history of native peoples going back 12 000 years. Stories are complex and laid like sandstone cliffs of Cumberland Plateau that surround US, Mims say. Story continue to be write, and we are making history here today with launch of our Forever Moccasin Bend campaign. Thursday marks introduction of Public phase of open Gateway campaign with 90 percentage of 1. 1 million project identify, Mims say. Park Partners group established goal of raising 250 000 through campaign, and Mims say group has secured 125 000 in gifts and pledges to notch half goal along with challenge from leading donors. Each dollar donated to next phase will be matched until 250 000 goal is met to fulfill our promise to National Park Service to meet them halfway towards opening Gateway, Mims say of 1. 1 million project. Moment for Chattanooga to reflect on past, invest in present and take pride in future of making difference that will last Forever, Forever Moccasin Bend, Mims say, giving nod to funding campaign's moniker. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Superintendent Brad Bennett said public planning process started five years ago with Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and Moccasin Bend supporters in field where Gateway is to be constructed and Thursday's announcement was make. At beginning of process, we reached out to 23 federally recognize American Indian tribes who hold deep ancestral ties to this landscape, Bennett say. Over next two years, meetings and public input produce ideas on future of Moccasin Bend and result in collective vision for development of future facilities and trails to help visitors to explore landscape and to learn MORE about its stories, he say. Bennett said federal Centennial Challenge Grant in 2017 and help from Friends of Moccasin Bend led to completion of design work first construction.

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