North Carolina Attractions

Wade Brown - Boone's Elder Statesman

Wade Brown - Boone's Elder Statesman You can't talk about this century in the High Country without mentioning Wade Brown. Brown was born in the Blowing Rock area in 1907, and with his license plate motto of "Think Positive," has seen and been a part of many changes in the area. He settled in Boone and started a law practice in 1931, and served a term in the state Senate and two terms in the...

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Fishing Areas in Vance County

John H. Kerr Reservoir, Nutbush Bridge Public Fishing Area (PFA), Henderson How To Go: From I-85 north of Durham, take exit 214 to N.C. 39 north. Go 4.5 miles; turn right at Harris Crossroads on S.R. 1308. Go 1.8 mile; area is on right side of bridge across Nutbush Creek. About the John H. Kerr Reservoir, Nutbush: An area of shoreline has been cleared of...

High Country History (1950-1959)

Watauga County In 1950 Watauga Underwent Educational Revolution In 1950s 1950s Began A Tourism Boom In High Country

Watauga Airspace - Maintaining A No-Fly Zone

Lately, a High Country resident can't throw a stick without hitting a "concerned citizens" group. But such groups are certainly nothing new. In fact, the original Concerned Citizens of Watauga County was formed in the Eighties to combat that most creeping of menaces to a free society: an airport. A group interested in promoting more commerce to the region...

High country History (1960-1969)

High Country Ski Industry - 1960s Marked The Start The Blizzard Of 1960 The Times They Were A-Changin

High Country History (1910-1919)

Poetry In Politics From Pig Paths To State Roads The Electrification Of The High Country

Winter Times

We hope you enjoy the 19th edition of the Winter Times. Our mission every year is to provide visitors and residents alike a comprehensive, easy to read, and entertaining guide to the North Carolina High Country. And while winter sport remains the season's main attraction, inside these pages you'll read of the wide range of activities our region offers. From...

ASU's Convocation Center - Largest Single Construction Project in Watauga History

Spanning the years 1993 through 1999, and the intersection of Rivers Street and Blowing Rock Road, Appalachian State University's George M. Holmes Convocation Center is the largest, costliest, and most controversial structure ever built in the High Country. Now approaching a completion date slated for August, 2000, the Convo center has always represented...

Poetry In Politics

While the public's overall opinion of politicians has changed little since the first Egyptian ruler promised his pyramid builders a comprehensive retirement plan in exchange for an eighty hour work week, the style of politicians has been altered greatly over the last century. In the 1910s politicians knew that their words would most likely appear in print (...

The Story of Odus Watson - A Mountain Morality Tale

(Editor's note; After the 1940 flood that killed sixteen Watauga residents, many harrowing stories were told to reporters. This tale of mountain survival was related to the Charlotte Observer by one Odus Watson). "When I first started logging on New River, my boss went broke, so I went to threshing with a new machine I bought. I geared my tractor so high...

High Country History (1970-1979)

Beer Wars Grip Blowing Rock Boone Becomes - Windmill City Seventies Set Stage For Today's Watauga County

Elisha Mitchell - The Man Who Measured Mountains

Elisha Mitchell's life was a series of ups and downs, and that's exactly the way he wanted it. Mitchell was one of the early geologic explorers of the high mountains known as the Black Mountains, and eventually his name was given to the very slopes that claimed his life. Mitchell was born in 1793 in Connecticut, and showed a strong interest in nature even...

Do Use Your Head By Using A Helmet

You’re getting on the ski lift to ride those powder white slopes, and whether it’s your first or your 17th time, you’ve probably at one point or another seen someone around you wearing a hat like object on their head that resembles something between a hippy colored house fern and a jester’s hat, bells and all. At first, the look of it is ridiculous, until...

The Times They Were A-Changin

Like many rural areas in the United States, northwestern North Carolina had not been treated kindly by the 1950s. The upheaval of World War II, the booming industrial sector, and the development of better roads and suburbia drew increasing numbers of young people away. While the baby boom exploded in urban and suburban areas, the northwest saw a slight...