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"Asheville, or Ashville, ash'vil, a flourishing city and railroad centre, capital of Buncombe co., N.C., near French Broad River, and among the mountains of the Blue Ridge, about 210 miles (direct) W. of Raleigh. It has 16 churches, 4 banks, a female college, a boys' high school, and manufactures of cotton, shoes, ice, tobacco, flour, &c. Two daily and 2 weekly newspapers are published here. Pop, in 1880, 2016; in 1890, 10,235."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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History and News of Asheville, North Carolina, USA

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  • 1785 - Asheville, North Carolina founded
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  • 1886 - December 4-6 - A great snowstorm hit the southern Appalachian Mountains. The three day storm 33 inches at Asheville NC.
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  • News  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
  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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.
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    December 24, 1895
  • News  1909 - GUESTS FLED SCANTILY CLAD; FIRE BREAKS OUT IN THE FASHIONABLE KENILWORTH INN NEAR ASHEVILLE, 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... 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... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

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