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White Death in Happy Valley

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Happy Valley is located in Polk County and contains the town of Tryon, Saluda, Columbus, and several villages. It is to these small towns in Western North Carolina that tuberculosis sufferers went seeking relief and the avoidance of the larger sanitariums in places like Asheville. Between 1800 and 1950 was the deadliest period of the disease and millions died from it, including the poet Sidney Lanier, who died in Saluda after contracting the disease in a Union Civil War prison camp.
WNC Magazine (NoCar F261 .W64), Vol. 1 Issue 1, Mar/Apr 2007, p50-53, il