Beaucatcher Mountain

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Beaucatcher Mountain
Beaucatcher Mountain is located in North Carolina
Beaucatcher Mountain
Beaucatcher Mountain
Location in North Carolina
Highest point
Elevation2,694 ft (821 m)[1]
Coordinates35°36′19″N 82°32′17″W / 35.60528°N 82.53806°W / 35.60528; -82.53806Coordinates: 35°36′19″N 82°32′17″W / 35.60528°N 82.53806°W / 35.60528; -82.53806[1]
Geography
LocationBuncombe County, North Carolina, U.S.
Parent rangeBlue Ridge Mountains
Great Craggy Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Asheville

Beaucatcher Mountain is located in a portion of the Appalachian Mountain Range known as the Great Craggy Mountains, in Asheville, North Carolina. Its name was said to have been coined in the mid-1800s[2] by James W. Patton, who once teased his sister-in-law, Charlotte Kerry, after watching her stroll the mountainside with her "beau". Patton suggested her eagerness to walk the mountain was incentive for her beau to spend time with her, thus, the mountain was dubbed Charlotte's “beau catcher.”[3][vague][4]

Beaucatcher Mountain's elevation reaches 2,694 feet (821 m), providing views of Downtown Asheville. The mountain borders the eastern part of downtown Asheville and has three main roads that tunnel through and go over the mountain. They are: US 70/US 74A via Beaucatcher Tunnel (completed in 1927), I-240 via Beaucatcher Cut (completed in 1980), and a Town Mountain Road (NC 694) which leads towards the Blue Ridge Parkway.[5][6]

Beaucatcher Mountain originally had two reservoirs: White Fawn Reservoir[7] (long ago decommissioned and filled in with construction debris) and Lake Kenilworth.[8] The reservoirs provided drinking water to the city of Asheville beginning in the 1880s.

Waters from the mountain eventually make their way to the French Broad River.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Beaucatcher Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  2. ^ "Beautiful Beaucatcher". Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Patton, James. "Dictionary of North Carolina Biography". Documenting the American South. University of North Carolina Press.
  4. ^ Powell, William (1994). Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, Volume 5. UNC Press. ISBN 978-0-8078-2100-8.
  5. ^ "Beaucatcher Tunnel". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  6. ^ "Bridgehunter.com: Beaucatcher Tunnel". Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  7. ^ "White Fawn Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  8. ^ "Lake Kenilworth". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved September 21, 2011.