Asheville
Urban Trail

Station #4 - O. Henry

O. Henry
 
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Former resident Sydney Porter is celebrated with visual cues from his short masterpiece The Gift of the Magi.  Written under the name O. Henry, his stories often wend their way to a surprise ending. William Sydney Porter is buried in Asheville's Riverside Cemetery.

Urban Trail Stations

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

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Grove Arcade

A glass etching (temporarily unavailable) shows the original plans for the Grove Arcade, including a full-fledged tower…

Historic Hilltop

This "signature" station celebrates both “old” and “new” Battery Park Hotels, the first destroyed by fire, but both…

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…