Beaucatcher Mountain

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Beaucatcher Mountain
Beaucatcher Mountain is located in North Carolina
Beaucatcher Mountain
Beaucatcher Mountain
Location in North Carolina
Elevation 2,694 ft (821 m)[1]
Location
Location Buncombe County, North Carolina, U.S.
Range Blue Ridge Mountains
Great Craggy Mountains
Coordinates 35°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]
Topo map USGS 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 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.”[2][vague][3]

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 1930),[4] I-240 via Beaucatcher Cut (completed in 1980), and a Town Mountain Road (NC 694) which leads towards the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Beaucatcher Mountain has two reservoirs: White Flawn Reservoir[5] and Lake Kenilworth.[6] The reservoirs have provided drinking water to the city of Asheville since 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, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  2. ^ Patton, James. "Dictionary of North Carolina Biography". Documenting the American South. University of North Carolina Press. 
  3. ^ Powell, William (1994). Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, Volume 5. UNC Press. ISBN 978-0-8078-2100-8. 
  4. ^ "Beaucatcher Tunnel". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  5. ^ "White Flawn Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  6. ^ "Lake Kenilworth". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-09-21.