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The 1884 State Exposition held in Raleigh and lasted for thirty-two days. Unlike a fair, an exposition intends to draw crowds from outside the state, with the purpose of highlighting the state's assets and attract new industries and investors. A new building was constructed for the purpose and over forty counties were highlighted during the event.
Though land was cheap, rugged mountains, the lack of good roads, political conflict with the east, and isolation were challenges to those who came to the mountains to farm, start businesses, or search for gold.
For almost sixty years the federal government has been a presence in Western Carolina both as a preserver of the environment and as employer for projects. Counties benefit from money spent by the government and by tourists who are drawn by the government's creations. Among the projects are the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains, and Tennessee Valley Authority, whose dams create lakes for recreational use.