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The Several Lives of West Asheville, Part III: Edwin Carrier in West Asheville

Quick Take on the Early Years: Incorporation, De-/Re-incorporation, Annexation, and Mini-Boom, 1889-1925 When West Asheville–already on the way toward development and modernization–was incorporated on February 9, 1889, the language of the Act had the quaint, old-fashioned flavor of an early … Continue reading

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The Several Lives of West Asheville, Part I: Sulphur Springs as Proto-Land of the Sky, 1827-1861

This post arose initially from my effort to understand the West Asheville of the early 1920s, when both my Whisnant and Rudisill grandparents moved there–the Whisnants from fifteen years in a rental house on South French Broad Avenue  (see earlier … Continue reading

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Asbury’s Asheville: 1900-1907

For Starters: Some Guesses as to Why Asbury Chose Asheville Although the romantic designation as the Land of the Sky was bestowed upon Asheville in Christian Reid’s 1875 novel, this 1883 drawing in early historian Foster A. Sondley’s Asheville and Buncombe … Continue reading

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Into the Asheville Bowl: Channels and Streams

Having in the previous post delineated at least some major features of Asheville’s geophysical situation (elevation, rings of mountains, rivers, gaps), the eradication and removal of the Cherokees, and early land speculation, we move to consider the streams themselves (demographic and otherwise) … Continue reading

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Toward the Asheville Bowl: The Geophysical Context and Greed for Land

In summer the winds prevail from the southern points of the compass; they come to Asheville cooled by passage over the high mountains, and slightly tinctured with balsamic odors gathered there-from. In winter, as they come from northern points, their force is broken … Continue reading

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“The Land of the Sky”: How a Phrase Went So Far, So Fast, and Lasted So Long

One of a three-part series, best read in order: 1.  Asheville as “The Land of the Sky”: The Novel, and a Phrase That Stuck 2. “The Land of the Sky”: A Brief Guide to the Novel and Its Moment 3. “The … Continue reading

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