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Picturing The Past: West Main Was Always Prominent


November 6, 2017

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 of the Civil War and its aftermath, the town was not incorporated until July, 1868. Over the next 20-30 years it grew slowly with the stores and businesses being built near the new brick courthouse a...

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