In 1959 Arnold Krochmal was a new park ranger in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. It was rumored that moonshiners were active in the park. Another ranger rented a plane and found nine stills making moonshine within the park boundaries. Krochmal and his fellow rangers hiked through the forest and found one of the stills. They also spotted two men carrying burlap sacks over their shoulders. The two men fled into the woods. The rangers made no arrest but took the sacks as evidence of moonshining activity.