Asheville
Urban Trail

Urban Trail Audio Tour

#1 - Walk Into History

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This "jump off" station recognizes, via plaque, the original unfolding of Pack Square where the first log courthouse of the city stood in 1893.

#2 - Crossroads

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Here you'll stand on the bed of a road (the Buncombe Turnpike) that was once traveled by Native Americans

#3 - Stepping Out

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A top hat, cane and gloves, cast in bronze, recall the theaters and the Grand Opera House that once flourished along Patton Avenue.

#4 - O. Henry

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Former resident Sydney Porter is celebrated with visual cues from his short masterpiece The Gift of the Magi.

#5 - Immortal Image

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The plaque at Station #5 draws attention to the Victorian frieze work along the front of the Drhumor Building (1895).

#6 - Elizabeth Blackwell

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A bench with a bower of medicinal herbs (created by Joe Miller) honors Asheville resident Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman M.D. in the U.S.

#7 - Art Deco Masterpiece

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This stop pays homage to the 1929 S&W Building.

#8 - Flat Iron Architecture

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Turn the corner and you'll discover a fabulously large iron, a replica of one used by a local laundry (artist: Reed Todd).

#9 - Cat Walk

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Bronze cats mark the site of an original retaining wall for a hill later removed by E.W. Grove to develop that part of downtown Asheville.

#10 - Grove’s Vision

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A glass etching shows the original plans for the Grove Arcade, including a full-fledged tower that was never built.

#11 - Historic Hilltop

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This "signature" station celebrates both “old” and “new” Battery Park Hotels, the first destroyed by fire, but both known for their guest lists.

#12 - Guastavino’s Monument

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The Basilica of St. Lawrence features North America's largest self-supporting elliptical dome.

#13 - Appalachian Stage

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Five bronze figures seemingly float to the rhythms of Appalachian music, a tribute to the songs of the mountains.

#14 - Shopping Daze

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This forged-metal representation of three well-heeled and hatted ladies with a small dog in tow commemorates an era when Haywood Street was the epicenter of fashionable shopping.

#15 - Marketplace

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A basket of apples balanced over wagon wheels recalls a time when produce markets and livery stables lined Lexington Avenue.

#16 - Legacy of Design

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The unbridled imagination of a boy on stilts captures the spirit of architect Richard Sharp Smith who left a lasting impact on the city's architecture.

#17 - Woodfin House

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A ceramic replica of the Woodfin House honors Nicholas Woodfin, prominent lawyer and farmer.

#18 - Wolfe’s Neighborhood

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You can vault time zones by standing in the indicated footsteps, large enough for Thomas Wolfe's large shoes.

#19 - Dixieland

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A bronze version of Wolfe’s shoes draws attention to his mother’s boarding house, Old Kentucky Home.

#20 - Curtain Calls

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Abstract metal sculptures wrangle to earth the myriad of emotions portrayed on stage in the long history of Asheville Community Theatre.

#21 - On the Move

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A silvery, art-in-motion sculpture, detailed with Art Deco stampings, honors the evolution of transportation in Asheville.

#22 - Civic Pride

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A bell very close in shape to this one once rung out at important times in Asheville's original City Hall.

#23 - Man and Mountain

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A bronze plaque pays homage to the mountains with a nod towards Beaucatcher Road.

#24 - Time Remembered

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This grass-surrounded marker reveals that there’s a time capsule buried underneath.

#25 - Ellington’s Dream

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This granite etching renders Douglas Ellington’s original working concept of two art deco buildings of government.

#26 - Past and Promise

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A girl in bronze drinks at a fountain.

#27 - Monument Corner

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Carving tools and a work in progress represent W.O. Wolfe’s tombstone shop.

#28 - Brick Artisan

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A plaque honors James Vester Miller, a son of slaves and master brick mason and artisan for the Municipal Building.

#29 - The Block

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Artist Winston Wingo's bronze relief celebrates the spirit of Asheville's African-American community.

#30 - Hotel District

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A bronze eagle overlooks a storied hotel district of old Asheville