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Bird’s Eye View of Asheville, from Beaumont Gap

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  • This series of historic postcards depicts various sites in and around Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville is the county seat of Buncombe County and is the largest city in western North Carolina. In 1880, Asheville was linked by a rail line that became part of the larger Southern Railway in 1894. With readily available transportation, the city’s first industries experienced growth as did Asheville’s reputation as a travel destination and a site for healthful recuperation from tuberculosis.