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The dam in Crossnore provided electricity to the school and hospital.
Photos courtesy Michael Hardy

Originally published: 2013-04-24 10:01:00
Last modified: 2013-04-24 10:00:58

Technology is nothing new in Avery County

Michael Hardy / (

Back in my college days, I took a course entitled "History of Western Science to Isaac Newton." The class covered the Greeks and their astronomy, Roman medicine, optics, engineering and other ideas and milestones. While the use of technology and science in Avery County does not span three millennia, we have had a fair amount of scientific history in our region. 

The term "science" covers a variety of ideas, from discussions revolving around the laws of nature and metaphysics to zoological works in the Aristotelian tradition. These days, there is a significant emphasis on the STEM core of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; these disciplines, particularly technology, actually connect directly to the history here our own backyards. 

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