In the fall of 1923, a demolition crew began tearing down the original Battery Park. Later that year, flames would consume parts of the remaining property.
In the final months of 1922, news spread that E.W. Grove had plans to raze the original Battery Park Hotel and demolish the hill it stood atop. Not everyone was on board with the plan.
In June 1902, North Carolina Sen. Jeter Conley Pritchard invited President Theodore Roosevelt to join him on a bear hunt in the western part of the state. The possible expedition created all sorts of commentary in the local papers.
In the mid-1920s, a daredevil arrived to Asheville ready to scale the city’s tallest buildings.
Anticipation for Col. Franklin Coxe’s Battery Park Hotel was evident in early newspaper reports.
The 1880s marked the start of Asheville’s urban growth. The decade began with approximately 2,600 permanent residents. Advances in transportation, communication and the health industry would contribute to the city’s population increase. On Oct. 2, 1880, the first train pulled into town, offering visitors greater access to the mountains. A few years later, the arrival of two […]
Like any good Southern city, Asheville’s history is steeped in the gothic and the paranormal. While the facts and claims behind these legends vary from story to story (and storyteller), Asheville’s “ghosts” play an often unheralded role in capturing and preserving the city’s past.