It's likely that this town was originally a large burial ground, sacred to the Woodland Indians along the French Broad River. Its first settlers arrived around 1780, but it was the post-Civil War railroad boom that grew the area. In 1905, eight years after its official incorporation, a fire destroyed almost the entire downtown. It was incorporated again in 1915. During prohibition, the countryside along Hwy 113 and Hwy 25W was popular with moonshine runners; barns with hidden gas pumps served as pit stops for drivers.
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