Hugh Morton, born in 1921, inherited some unique properties: Grandfather Mountain and Fort Fisher. Born into a long line of business and development adventurers, Hugh joined the army in 1943 as a Signal Corps photographer. Hugh came back from the war injured, following the death of his father, Julian, and inherited sizable family debt. But Hugh married and began personally pouring money into the development of Grandfather Mountain; he built a road to the top, opened trails and hung a mile-high swing bridge between the peaks. As the tourism to Grandfather Mountain grows, so does the public persona of Hugh Morton, supporting festivals and associations, and gaining recognition for his good deeds.