Asheville
Urban Trail

Station #2 - Crossroads

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 and, later, by drovers who herded livestock across the mountains from Tennessee to southern markets, taking turkeys, pigs and cows as far as Charleston. Embedded rails (former Asheville trolley trails) represent the coming of the train (1880) and the electric trolley (1889), opening the door to jack rabbit growth along Patton Avenue.

Urban Trail Stations

Bronzed hat, cane, & gloves on a bench

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

Bronze pocket watch

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

Victorian frieze

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

Elizabeth Blackwell - Urban Trail

A bench with a bower of medicinal herbs (created by Joe Miller) honors Asheville resident Elizabeth Blackwell, the first…

S&W Building

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

Copy of Flat Iron Architecture

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

Cat Statue on Wall St

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