Black Mountain in Buncombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Up to Black Mountain
Stalled by the Civil War, embezzlement, and -finally- by the extremely steep grade between Old Fort, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Black Mountain, at the crest, the Western North Carolina Railroad, established in 1855, was not ready for service into Black Mountain until 1880.
To climb 3.4 miles, the railroad required nearly ten miles of track, which looped back and forth across the face of the mountain through seven tunnels.
Erected by The Old Depot Association & Gallery, Black Mountain - Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund and Swannanoa Valley Museum & Library Center.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 35° 36.936′ N, 82° 19.212′ W. Marker is in Black Mountain, North Carolina, in Buncombe County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sutton Avenue and Cherry StreetTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 207 Sutton Ave, Black Mountain NC 28711, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Center of It All (here, next to this marker); Slavery by Another Name (here, next to this marker); Comings and Goings (here, next to this marker); Separate, Not Equal (here, next to this marker); Hustle and Bustle (here, next to this marker); The Town of Black Mountain (here, next to this marker); George Winslow Whittington (a few steps from this marker); The Old Depot Association (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Black Mountain.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.