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Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is out US-64 E in Chimney Rock near Lake Lure.

It has hiking trails, incredible views and a long history.

In the late 19th Century, the area was owned by Jerome B. Freeman. He logged the area for the huge virgin black walnut trees. These enormous trees were cut by hand, dragged by oxen and taken by wagon to the railroad in Hendersonville. The trees were so huge, just one log could be hauled at a time. Continue reading Chimney Rock

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Big Jim- the Largest Hog in the World

Big Jim- the Largest Hog in the World
Postcard of Big Jim- the Largest Hog in the World
“JIM”  The Largest Pile of Pork Living.
Official Weight 2415 lbs. 4 ft. 10 in. high, 9 ft. 2 in. long. Owned by H.C.Gibbs Rt. 1, Hendersonville, N.C.

For six years Big Jim traveled all over the country. The banner said “See Big Jim the largest hog in the World. Guess his weight and win a prize.” Continue reading Big Jim- the Largest Hog in the World

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There is always a market for a well-fed fat possum.

From the Asheville Citizen Times January 1914:

There is always a market for a well-fed fat possum
Asheville Citizen Times January 1914

Tom Israel Possums.

Operating Possum Farm Near City to Domesticate and Grow Animals.

Believing that there is always a market for a well-fed fat ‘possum, Thomas Israel, of Henderson County has conceived and put into execution the novel idea of raising possums to order, and to carry out his idea, has enclosed a large plot of ground on his place near Hendersonville, stocked it with possums and is sitting back waiting for his profits to materialize.

Members of the opossum tribe, made famous by former President Taft, multiply very rapidly, Mr. Israel says, and he also thinks that the presence of the domesticated animals will attract large numbers of their brethren from the nearby hills and vales. Figuring all these factors into the proposition he expects to have about 2000 opossums of marketable age at the end of two years.

Possums now bring from $.50-$.75 apiece, and their skins, when properly prepared, bring an equal amount. Figuring every possible catastrophe into the account, Mr. Israel thinks he can raise the savory delicacy at a cost of about $.25 ahead. Based on his other figures, this would give a net profit of from a dollar to a dollar and a quarter on every animal.

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