Sunday, January 4, 2009

A "Family Portrait" of NC Mountains

For anyone who enjoys maps and mountains as I do, a real gem has appeared on the North Carolina Miscellany site associated with UNC’s North Carolina Collection.

The illustration appeared on the corner of Shaffer’s Township Map of North Carolina (1886) and displays the relative elevations of towns and mountains across the state. It’s interesting to see how the various gaps, mountain ranges and individual peaks have been formatted. I’ve never seen anything quite like this before, and it includes some names that I’m unfamiliar with, such as the Stansbury, Frog and Pack Mountains, Bowlen’s Pyramid and Compass Bald. More vanished places of the Southern Appalachians?

If clicking on the illustration above fails to give you a better view, visit the original post at North Carolina Miscellany, a fascinating website from one of the cultural treasures of this state:

North Carolina Elevations

One of their related websites is "Read North Carolina Novels, A Guide to Fiction Set in North Carolina."

Among the various options for searching the site, one can look for novels by county. Naturally, I went to search for any novels set in Jackson County and found NONE listed. Certainly there must be some that could be included on the list, although I’m drawing a blank at the moment.

Help, anyone?

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