What appears to be a barbecue pit and picnic tables actually is equipment left over from the early part of the 20th century when owners of the crater thought they could reach the meteor and profit from the precious metals they were certain it contained. They never found the meteor.
Sculpture commemorating the rescue by Tom Lee, a black man, of 23 white survivors after the M.E. Norman sank in rough waters on the river in 1925. Though Lee could not swim, he continued to pull survivors out of the river from his skiff.
In the evening your grandparents attended the Dolly Parton Stampede. Photos were not allowed in the Stampede hall itself, but they were okay in the saloon, where attendees were entertained by a trio of country music players that was quite good.
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i | Date: 6/4/14 11:58 AM | Exposure: 1/800s | Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Your grandparents last meal on their vacation was at Shell's Bar-B-Q, listed in the AAA book, but not nearly as good as the Pik 'n' Pig near home. This restaruant also was the last place they stopped, except to fill the tank on the Chrysler, before they got home. It took Grandpa Roy 5 days to recover from his 6,300 mile drive.