Asheville
Urban Trail

Station #30 - Hotel District

Hotel District
 
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A bronze eagle overlooks a storied hotel district of old Asheville where the stagecoach would stop on the Buncombe Turnpike and deposit spent passengers for overnights.  The Eagle Hotel, from the early 1800s, preceded others that came to life in the same neighborhood ~ the Swannanoa, Oxford and Savoy Hotels ~ matriarchs of hospitality. The ornamental bronze eagle was crafted by Dan Millspaugh.

Urban Trail Stations

Iron Plaque that says Walk into History

This "jump off" station recognizes, via plaque, the original unfolding of Pack Square where the first log courthouse of…

two pig statues

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

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…