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Originally published: 2013-08-02 12:19:32
Last modified: 2013-08-02 12:20:41

Our Avery County: Grandfather Mountain photos sought

Michael Hardy / (

If a single picture is truly worth a thousand words, then we could write a couple hundred volumes about Grandfather Mountain. The mountain that is visible from many different points in Avery, Watauga, Caldwell and other surrounding counties is undoubtedly one of the most photographed locations in all of North Carolina.
Recently, Arcadia Publishing contacted me about putting together a pictorial book on the iconic Grandfather Mountain. At first glance, this might seem an easy task, with all of Hugh Morton's brilliant images. However, the publisher is interested in reaching into as many different sources as possible in an effort to both preserve and bring to life photographs from a variety of families, time periods and experiences.
That is where I need your help. Currently, I am looking for photographs of people and families who visited (or got married on) the Mile-High Swinging Bridge, attended Singing on the Mountain, the Highland Games, Boy Scout programs or kite contests, hiked the Profile or Tanawha trails, or participated in any of the wonderful events that have taken place over the decades. Photographs prior to 1990 are the ones we really need to make sure we get a wide panorama of the history of this central feature of our region.  

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