Bent Creek in Buncombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
French Broad River
The French Broad River played a major role in this regionís early development. Initially called the “Broad River” by eighteenth-century French hunters and traders, it was later named the French Broad River. With headwaters on Pisgah Ridge twenty miles southeast of here, it flows through the mountains near Asheville and merges with the Holston River at Knoxville.
The French Broadís wide banks provided a convenient passageway through Western North Carolinaís rugged mountains, so much so that it was once the main thoroughfare between the Carolinas and Tennessee. Often with herds containing thousands, nineteenth-century drovers moved cattle, horses, hogs, ducks and turkeys along this lengthy route to southern markets.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway marker series.
Location. 35° 29.85′ N, 82° 35.619′ W. Marker is in Bent Creek, North Carolina, in Buncombe County. Marker is at the intersection of Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 394) and North Carolina Highway 191, on the right when traveling north on Blue Ridge Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near the NC 191 crossover. Marker is in this post office area: Asheville NC 28806, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Dr. L.B. McBrayer (approx. ĺ mile away); Landsman Riley Powers (approx. 3.2 miles away); Rutherford Trace (approx. 3Ĺ miles away); Birthplace of American Forestry (approx. 3.7 miles away); Frederick Law Olmsted (approx. 3.7 miles away); William Moore (approx. 4.1 miles away); Home Place of Capt. Wm. Moore (approx. 4.1 miles away); Stoneman's Raid (approx. 5 miles away).
More about this marker. The right side of the marker features a map of the area showing the Blue Ridge Parkway and Droverís Roads. Next to this is an etching, courtesy of the North Carolina Collection, Pack Memorial Library, Asheville, North Carolina. It has a caption of “Keeping track of the animals demanded the droverís complete attention. Animals often numbered in the thousands. This 1857 illustration is from Harperís Weekly.”
Also see . . . History of the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Submitted on August 29, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 587 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 29, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.