Clues to Montford’s Past

Bus Shelter History Panels Installed

Sharon Fahrer

History panels are now mounted on three of Montford’s bus shelters thanks to permission from the City of Asheville. They provide riders and passersby a casual glimpse of Montford’s history. The panel on the Chamber Visitors’ Center shelter gives a short overview of Montford. The four panels on the two bus shelters on the Montford/Soco/Cullowhee intersection show Montford’s history in more detail. They are titled African American Community, Faces of Montford, Snap Shots in Time, and Montford Lost. Stop by and take a look! We are creating a Montford history museum without walls!

The panels are a true collaboration starting with Sue Russell encouraging the Montford Neighborhood Association Board, Michael McDonough designing the bus shelters, Tina Councell of Iron Maiden Studios fabricating the bus shelters, and the City of Asheville giving permission to place historic panels on the shelters. The North Carolina Collection at Pack library and Special Collections at UNC Asheville provided scans of photographs and neighbors donated photographs. Thanks to others for their input: Daphne Young, Lenora Robinson, and Roy Harris. Sharon Fahrer did the research and wrote the text and Ross Terry of KRT Graphics did the graphic layouts. Thanks also to Henco Reprographics for printing and installing the panels.

Other informational markers can be found in Riverside Cemetery and the parking lot of the Chamber Visitors’ Center. They are part of the thirteen Civil War markers in Buncombe County. A marker to Zelda Fitzgerald will hopefully be restored on Broadway. Montford is proud to honor its history and clues are everywhere.