A healing sulfur spring, an alleged Indian curse and an early golf course all mark the history of an area here that some residents want to see preserved as a greenway.
“It is the origin of West Asheville right in that one area, and what’s unusual is we have an opportunity to tie historic preservation in with environmental preservation,” said neighborhood activist Steve Rasmussen. ...
Rasmussen and amateur historian Rick Russell recently talked about the Sulphur Springs area and its history at the West Asheville library. It’s part of a push to educate residents, collect more information and start the long process of getting the greenway built. Property acquisition could be costly and take years, but Rasmussen and Russell want residents to know the area’s significance.
“It’s all there. It just needs to be put together and protected,” Rasmussen said.
The greenway would start near the state Division of Motor Vehicles Office on Smoky Park Highway, follow along School Road and continue along the Caney Branch stream to Sand Hill Road. The sulfur spring is still there, marked by a small, overgrown pavilion. ...