The French Broad River corridor was one of the very first passages west from the original 13 colonies. Many of the families in our area have deeded land commissioned by the King of England from the late 1700’s. In the 1850’s the train ran from Asheville to Wolf Creek in Tennessee which is a few miles past Hot Springs, NC. At Wolf Creek Lodge, passengers would go by Stage Coach onward west to the other parts of what is now Tennessee and beyond. In 1869, the railroad was connected from the Tennessee side to Wolf Creek, so the stage was no longer needed. The funny thing about “the West” is that it started in Tennessee and other states bordering the 13 colonies and slowly moved all the way to the Pacific.