Dante Commedia Inf. III: 109-111
Charon the demon, with eyes of glede,/ Beckoning to them, collects them all together,/Beats with his oar whoever lags behind.
Ferry the river Jon Tary and Mac E/ Dominickers, fighting cocks, bootleg in tow/ Ferry o’er to Del Rio Anchor agree
Seeking an alternate route to the mountaintop, Mac E’s friend Anchor ferries the two across the river in his Jon boat.
In recent years the beauty of the lush hills and valleys and the abundant water resources have given Cocke County an economic boost. The French Broad River attracts kayak and whitewater rafting enthusiast nationally.