Old Fort

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Old Fort is situated near the headwaters of the mighty Catawba River, and in many ways it has also stood at the headwaters of American history—it takes its name from a fort that was the westernmost outpost of white settlement in America at the time of the American Revolution. After the Civil War, Old Fort was the base of operations for the extension of the railroad up the steep mountain grade to Ridgecrest, an accomplishment that is still considered a marvel of engineering and perseverance. A tract of wilderness in the Curtis Creek area was the first parcel of the Pisgah National Forest. The dedication of Old Fort's arrowhead monument in 1930 marked the first time that representatives of the Cherokee and Catawba tribes shared a peace pipe. More recently, one of the earliest acts of courage in the civil rights movement took place on the steps of Old Fort School. Old Fort showcases the rich heritage of this McDowell County town.
ISBN: 9781467123334
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 208
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Kim Clark is a researcher, public radio host, and the author of Images of America: Marion. She assembled this collection on behalf of Old Fort Historic Site, Inc. More than 200 historical images bring to life the many fascinating aspects of Old Fort's heritage.
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