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A scenic effect that is the praise of travelers from all parts of the nation is found down in the valley between Heartbreak Ridge and Bernard Mountain, 1,500 feet above sea level. This is Andrews' Geyser, which commemorates the memory of Colonel A.B. Andrews of Raleigh a noted Confederate soldier and civic and political leader of Raleigh.
In 1890 a geyser was built on the grounds of the Round Knob Hotel, a favorite railroad stop in Old Fort, and it ceased functioning in 1903. Enter George Baker, a New York banker and board member of many railroad companies. He commissioned a new one to be built to honor his friend, Colonel Alexander Andrews, a noted Confederate soldier who oversaw the building of the Western North Carolina Railroad, and the 120 men who died building it through the NC mountains. In 2012, Andrews Geyser marked its 100 years of operation.