Early days in McDowell (MacDowell) County, North Carolina, are recalled in this new 30-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from several vintage books. These source materials include John Hill Wheeler's Historical Sketches of North Carolina (1851); North Carolina, A Guide to the Old North State (1939), a product of the WPA; and A New Geography of North Carolina (1954-65). The tri-color front cover is printed on 80# card stock and has been protected with a vinyl sheet. The text is printed single-sided on 60# opaque paper, with the print enlarged to fit the 8.5" x 11" paper and improve readability. Towns mentioned in the booklet include: Marion (the county seat), Glenwood, Little Switzerland, Nebo, Pleasant Gardens, Linville Falls, Dysartsville, and Old Fort. Among the many subjects included are: Physical features, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Lake James and Lake Tahoma ;Brief bios of Revolutionary War notables Col. Joseph MacDowell (McDowell) and Francis Marion (the Swamp Fox); General Rutherford fighting Indians near Old Fort and other Revolutionary War activities; two wonders of the railroad world; the Clinchfield Railroad; Early families; the Jonathan Carson home; early churches; Industries and Farming; Wilderness and wildlife; Resorts; a Dream that strangled a murderer, a wrestling match of some importance, a hillside apple orchard, and numerous other interesting bits of history and trivia. The WPA section offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering many historical notes and sightseeing possibilities.
McDowell County, NC
Sources: History of McDowell County North Carolina / Historical Sketches of North Carolina
Authors: John Hill Wheeler, et al
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Original Publisher: The Arkansaw Traveler Publishing Co.
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