Western North Carolina in 1900, History - Facts - Information
The Railroad, Logging Industry, Henry Grady, Roosevelt CCC, TVA, Rural Electrification Program
In the early 1900s, logging became a major industry in Western North Carolina. However, the region was still isolated from the rest of the state and country.
Railroad trestles from Swannanoa to Ridgecrest was built with Convict Labor. Heavy death toll among the convicts due to harsh conditions, poor nutrition and poor treatment.
World War I
North Carolina and the Great War- Documenting the South from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill examines how World War I shaped the lives of different North Carolinians on the battlefield and on the home front as well how the state and federal government responded to war-time demands.
Lafayette Escadrille Pilot Biographies. - Kiffin Rockwell an Asheville resident and a WWI soldier was the first pilot of the Escadrille Lafayette to shoot down an enemy plane. He was killed in action on September 16, 1916. Here is an excellent book with much information on Kiffin Rockwell and other WWI pilots:
Asheville North Carolina During the 1920's
Asheville North Carolina During the 1930's