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Picturing The Past: West Main Was Always Prominent


November 6, 2017

Courtesy Photo

This photograph was likely taken in the mid-1890s. Alexander England (right) died on March 6, 1896.

The early photograph of Main Street in Brevard looking west toward Bracken Mountain shows wooden storefronts along a wide dirt street. The three men in the photograph are identified as Jim Paxton, Wait Gash and Alex England.

England, L.S. Gash (father of Wait Gash) and B.C. Lankford sold 50 acres to Transylvania County for $1 to establish the county seat of Brevard on June 8, 1861. Because...

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