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Steamboating in the Mountains

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Before major infrastructure opened the western mountains for easy access, an enterprising man named Colonel S. V. Pickens tried to take advantage of river travel. In 1878, Pickens secured a charter for the French Broad Steamboat Company and $25,000 in state appropriations to open the French Broad River for river travel. With the charter and state money the Mountain Lily, a river steamboat, was launched in 1881 to run from Hendersonville to Brevard before finally making the trip to Asheville. Though the steamboat could carry passengers and cargo, the river proved inhospitable for river travel and after a few years was abandoned.
The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 14 Issue 47, Apr 1947, p7, il