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Paddle Through History And The Mountain Lily Jetties


Last updated 7/16/2018 at 3:16pm

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The Mountain Lily rests on the shore and riverbed of the French Broad River after a heavy storm broke her free from the dock and sent her downstream.

In 1876, after heavy debate, a bill in Congress was passed that appropriated $25,000 dollars to the improvement of the upper French Broad "channel."

After being declared navigable, which prompted an Ohio Senator to say, "a catfish couldn't even navigate the French Broad," the process had begun.

In the background a steamboat named the Mountain Lily would boast operating on the highest line in the world, 2,200 feet above sea level, delivering people and goods from Asheville to Brevard.

After the blasting of many shoals, further river work and the completion of building the Mountain Lily,...

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