The Lost North Fork Community

The Lost North Fork Community

In its heyday, North Fork, located to the northwest of Black Mountain, had a population larger than the nearby City of Asheville. But as Asheville grew, forward-thinking officials determined the need for a watershed to serve its residents. They condemned the land in...
September 26, 1923: Spruce Pine Mob

September 26, 1923: Spruce Pine Mob

September 26, 1923: One of the most visible incidents of racial terror and intimidation in WNC began on this day in 1923 near the small town of Spruce Pine in Mitchell County. The terror inflicted had parallels with other contemporary violence such as the Tula...
September 11, 1987: Blue Ridge Parkway Completed

September 11, 1987: Blue Ridge Parkway Completed

On this day in WNC history: After years of debate, revisions, construction, and even a bomb threat during the ceremony, the Blue Ridge Parkway was officially completed when the Linn Cove Viaduct was dedicated in 1987. This viaduct, sitting on the slope of Grandfather...