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Steamboat Trips in the Mountains

On the French Broad River, steamboat Mountain Lily carried passengers for a very brief time. During the summer of 1881, the steamboat attempted to run between Hendersonville, Brevard, and Asheville, but stranded after tumultuous weather blocked the river channel with sand and mud. Navigation throughout the French Broad River Valley was the brainchild of Colonel S. V. Pickens, who chartered the French Broad Steamboat Company and constructed Mountain Lily. After foundering at Johnson's Bridge, a Baptist congregation used the vessels as a meeting place until it was dismantled sometime later.
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