Asheville is a city in and the county seat of Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States.
The history of Asheville, as a town, began in 1784. In that year, Colonel Samuel Davidson and his family settled in the Swannanoa Valley, redeeming a soldier's land grant from the state of North Carolina. Soon after building a log cabin at the bank of Christian Creek, Davidson was lured into the woods by a band of Cherokee hunters and killed. Davidson's wife, child and female slave fled on foot overnight to Davidson's Fort (named after Davidson's father General John Davidson) 16 miles away.
In response to the killing, Davidson's twin brother Major William Davidson and brother-in-law Colonel Daniel Smith formed an expedition to retrieve Samuel Davidson's body and avenge his murder. Months after the expedition, Major Davidson and other members of his extended family returned to the area and settled at the mouth of Bee Tree Creek.
The United States Census of 1790 counted 1,000 residents of the area, excluding the Cherokee Native Americans. Buncombe County was officially formed in 1792. The county seat, named “Morristown” in 1793, was established on a plateau where two old Indian trails crossed. In 1797, Morristown was incorporated and renamed “Asheville” after North Carolina Governor Samuel Ashe.Wikipedia
1888 - An epidemic of meningitis was on the 20th depopulating Asheville, N. C., at the rate of a dozen deaths a day, all attempts to check it proving futile. Many inhabitants were leaving town. St Joseph Herald Saint Joseph, Michigan January 28, 1888 Added: 5/12/2014 4:14:34 PM - 1 Updated: 6/21/2014 12:26:09 PM - 1
1888 - George H. Vanderbilt, of New York, purchased one thousand acres of mountain lands near Asheville, N.C., where it was said on the 2d he would build a large industrial institute for the free education of poor white children, who would be taught how to work in wood and metals and thus become skilled mechanics. St Joseph Herald Saint Joseph, Michigan November 10, 1888 Added: 5/12/2014 4:02:16 PM - 1 Updated: 6/21/2014 12:25:41 PM - 1
1895 - December 24 - George Washington Vanderbilt II officially opens his "Biltmore House" estate, inviting his family to celebrate his new home in Asheville, North Carolina.
1909 - GUESTS FLED SCANTILY CLAD; FIRE BREAKS OUT IN THE FASHIONABLE KENILWORTH INN NEAR ASHVILLE, N.C. SEVENTY-FIVE GUESTS ALL ESCAPED.
MOST OF THEM LEFT BEHIND THEIR CLOTHES AND VALUABLES - MEN WORE PAJAMAS AND OVERCOATS WHILE SOME OF THE WOMEN GRABBED BALL DRESSES AND OTHERS LITTLE OR NOTHING - THOSE WHO WENT BACK IN AN EFFORT TO SAVE PERSONAL PROPERTY HAD NARROW ESCAPES - LOSS ON HOTEL...Read MORE...
1916 Asheville, or Asnville, a city, capital of Buncombe co., N.C., situated at the junction of the Swananoa and the French Broad River, and among the mountains of the Blue Ridge, about 210 miles (direct) W. of Raleigh. It is on the Southern R., 2350 feet above the sea. It has banks, manufactures of...Read MORE...
1917 - SCHOOL FIRE. Asheville, N. C. - Five children are dead, three missing and eight are seriously injured as the result of a fire today which started in the furnace room and destroyed the Catholic Hill school for colored children. Waterloo Times Tribune Iowa November 17, 1917 Added: 3/9/2014 3:08:13 PM - 1 Updated: 6/21/2014 12:27:20 PM - 1
1936 - THREE KILLED IN FIREWORKS BLAST. OTHERS BELIEVED DEAD AS CHARCOAL FIRE CAUSES EXPLOSION. Asheville, N.C., Dec. 25. - An explosion in a downtown fireworks store tonight killed at least three persons and injured an undetermined number.
An hour after the explosion firemen, backing their way through the wreckage, had brought out three bodies, and expressed fear several others had been...Read MORE...
1938 - ASHEVILLE BLAST IS FATAL TO FIVE IN STONE QUARRY. Asheville, Sept. 1 - (AP) - A terrific dynamite explosion that killed five men at a stone quarry here puzzled officials today. The men, WILLIAM BIZZELL, white. HARLEY WEBB, white. WILL HENRY, negro. WESLEY MOORE, negro. GUS DAVIS, negro. They were perched on a perpendicular 200-foot cliff...Read MORE...
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