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Valley Rewind: Southern Railway Train Depot

Black Mountain News
This 1934 photograph shows Black Mountain's Southern Railway Train Depot after a snowstorm.

This 1934 photograph shows Black Mountain's Southern Railway Train Depot after a snowstorm. The Depot, located on the southeast corner of Sutton and Black Mountain Avenues, was once considered one of the busiest train stops in the entire state of North Carolina. Southern Railway completed the structure in 1909, but was forced to rebuild the building after a fire ravaged the town of Black Mountain in 1912. In the early 1900s, Black Mountain saw the arrival of up to 10 passenger trains a day. The majority of these passengers came to the Swannanoa Valley as tourists wanting to explore the scenic views of the mountains. Also, tradespeople seeking their fortune and ailing visitors looking for cures for respiratory ailments such as tuberculosis would use the Depot as their disembarkment point in Western North Carolina. Today, the building is home to the Old Depot Arts & Crafts Gallery. The Old Depot Gallery and Association, a non-profit and volunteer organization, was started in 1976 to protect and maintain the over 100-year-old Black Mountain Train Depot.