Excerpt from Southern Good Roads, 1915, Vol. 11
There are now three motor highways into Asheville from the New york-atlanta Highway: From Charlotte through Chimney Rock section and Hickory Nut Gap into Asheville; from Spartanburg, S. Across Saluda Mountain into Asheville, and from Greenville, S. Across Paris Mountain into Asheville.
Making a perpendicular ascent of 465 feet, and to cover a distance of half a mile as the crow ﬂies, the Hickory Nut Gap Road on the Buncombe county side of the mountain, 15 miles from Asheville, winds about the face of the mountain and covers an actual distance of a mile and. A half in eight big curves or loops in or der to attain the gap of the mountain at 2850 feet above sea level, and conquering the most difficult portion of the now well known and famous asheville-charlotte highway through Hickory Nut Gap, via Rutherfordton and Shelby from Asheville to Charlotte, a total dis tance of 120 miles. Reducing the former motor distance by Greenville, S. C., of 55 miles and by Spartanburg, S. C., of forty miles.
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