Sunday, November 7, 2010
Black Mountain Train Depot
With our last cold snap I am surprised that there is still a bit of color here and there - a pot of mums, the yellow leafed trees, newly fallen leaves on the ground. Not much, but I took a walk to the train depot in Black Mountain for some colorful pictures.
This once-busy passenger station was constructed using brick and stucco, in 1907. Trains still roar by and hold up traffic in this tiny town but the depot has not been in use as a passenger station since 1976.
The Depot is now a nonprofit gift shop featuring the work of artists from the local area. I did stop in and got a few small hand made gifts for the holidays. They have everything from pottery to quilts, paintings, jewelry and more. Like most galleries, no photos are allowed due to artists copyrights.
At the far end of the Depot is a small container garden created by the Old Depot Association and named after one of its members - Gaye Baker. Dan Howachyn, of Black Mountain Iron Works, created an arch for the area’s entrance. It is a sunny spot to sit and watch the trains and people go by.
To raise money for the refurbishing of the old depot, they sold engraved bricks to be used in the patio of the garden. In front of the water fountains sits a plaque explaining that the town limits extend in one mile in all directions from this point.
I did find an old vintage postcard depicting the Depot in its heyday. The buildings are all still there but mostly rented out as gift shops now. Oh what it must have been like as a busy station so many years ago.
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