Black Mountain in Buncombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Mount Mitchell Railroad
to logging and tourism.
Built, 1911-1914. Ran
from point nearby to
Camp Alice, 21 mi. NE.
Erected 1989 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number P-72.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 35° 37.171′ N, 82° 18.033′ W. Marker is in Black Mountain, North Carolina, in Buncombe County. Marker is at the intersection of Old U.S. 70 and Old Toll Road, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 70. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Black Mountain NC 28711, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Montreat College (approx. 1.2 miles away); André Michaux (approx. 1.2 miles away); Stoneman's Raid (approx. 1.2 miles away); Swannanoa Gap (approx. 1½ miles away); Swannanoa Gap Engagement (approx. 1.6 miles away); Swannanoa Tunnel (approx. 1.6 miles away); Geodesic Domes (approx. 1.6 miles away); Black Mountain College (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Black Mountain.
Regarding Mount Mitchell Railroad.
Many western North Carolinians opposed the deforestation of the Black Mountains, among them Governor Locke Craig, who led the move to establish Mount Mitchell State Park in 1915. This ushered in a new age of tourism with the rail line being opened to passenger traffic as early as July 1915. In 1923 the new owners of the railroad bed converted it into the “Mount Mitchell Motor Road,” a cinder-surfaced, one-way toll road to the top of the highest peak in the eastern United States. The route was so popular that a second toll road was built by competing entrepreneurs on the
In 1939 that portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway between NC 80 and Black Mountain Gap was completed, thereby giving tourists toll-free access to Mount Mitchell. A section of the old railroad bed route was taken over by the state; the remainder has deteriorated.(North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources)
Also see . . . North Carolina Railroads - Mount Mitchell Railroad. Tourist trains ran from 1913 to 1918, when government pressure forced the end in favor of spruce lumber removal - which was needed by the massive airplane development during World War I. (Submitted on June 25, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 613 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 24, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.