Located in the west-central part of the state of North Carolina and a city in Buncombe County, the city lies in the Blue Ridge Mountains which is found in the junction of the Swannanoa River and the French Broad. The city is known and considered as the eastern gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and of the Cherokee Indian Reservation. The highest point of the state is the nearby Mount Mitchell, and the highest peak is at the east of the Mississippi River. The area was originally included in the Cherokee hunting grounds. The arrival of the Western North Carolina Railroad started Asheville’s development as a market for tobacco and livestock. The city’s economy was well diversified with the inclusion of manufactures in textile, furniture, electrical and printed products, and the services, which also plays a vital role. Asheville has been a long time cultural, resort, and western North Carolina’s economic center.
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