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Asheville in Buncombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Past and Promise

 
 
Past and Promise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, September 4, 2016
1. Past and Promise Marker
Inscription. Until electricity was introduced in the late 1880s, gas and kerosene lamps provided lighting in Public Square—now Pack Square. Horse-head fountains, fed from a reservoir on Beaucatcher Mountain, were affixed to lampposts at the east and west ends of the square. The bronze figure, Childhood, represents the promise of Asheville's future.

Placed in honor of Elaine McPherson—artist, poet, and tailor—who lived at 19½ Biltmore Avenue and who played on Pack Square as a young child
 
Erected by Asheville Urban Trail.
 
Location. 35° 35.713′ N, 82° 33.037′ W. Marker is in Asheville, North Carolina, in Buncombe County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Market Street (Alternate U.S. 74) and South Pack Square, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18 South Pack Square, Asheville NC 28801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monument Corner (a few steps from this marker); Young Men’s Institute (within shouting distance of this marker); Brick Artisan (within shouting distance of this marker); Civic Pride
Past and Promise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, September 4, 2016
2. Past and Promise Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Walk Into History (within shouting distance of this marker); Zebulon Baird Vance (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ellington's Dream (about 300 feet away); The Early Years In Asheville's Historic Central Square (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Asheville.
 
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Past and Promise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, September 4, 2016
3. Past and Promise Marker
Present-day Pack Square image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, September 4, 2016
4. Present-day Pack Square
Present-day Pack Square image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, September 4, 2016
5. Present-day Pack Square
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 2, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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