Valley Rewind: Blizzard in 1936

Special to Black Mountain News
This photo, showing Rexall Drugs in downtown Black Mountain, is believed to have been taken during the blizzard that swept across western North Carolina in 1936.

This image from the Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center’s extensive photograph collections is believed to have been taken during the blizzard that swept across Black Mountain and Western North Carolina on March 17, 1936. The photo shows Rexall Drugs, now Town Hardware and General Store, at the corner of Broadway and State Street in downtown Black Mountain. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that by late evening on March 17, 7 inches had fallen in Asheville and drifts as high as 3 feet had accumulated in some areas. In many places in the region, snow drifts reached up to 8 feet high during the storm. The blizzard proved to be the beginning of a hard several days for Swannanoa Valley residents. A few days later, on the morning of March 21, a wind storm caused further damage across Montreat and Black Mountain, causing the destruction of two homes in Montreat, along with damage to the Morgan Manufacturing Company, the North Carolina Sanitorium and the Monte Vista Hotel. No fatalities were reported.