The summer of 1916 delivered a major flood near Marion, North Carolina and sent some of its large rocks and boulders spinning downhill into the fields and pastures along side the road bed of highway #221. Nary a trace was left of many of the homes. Much of western North Carolina was devastated by the event, especially along the McDowell and Mitchell County line and down into North Cove. Flooded streets became raging streams and rivers. More than 80 people died. Hundreds of homes were destroyed as millions of dollars went down the drain.
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