Morganton and Burke County (Images of America) by H. Eugene Willard
Situated where the rolling hills meet the majestic mountains in western North Carolina, Morganton and Burke County share a long, vivid, and unique history together. Having been blessed with natural wonders-from the pristine Lake James and the Catawba River to the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights and the Linville Gorge-Burke County has attracted people of all walks of life for centuries. Morganton and Burke County is a celebratory volume that expresses the fascinating storied past of this county, its seat, and the friendly residents who have called them home. Approximately 200 black-and-white photographs, combined with informative captions, revisit the days when the communities within Burke County were just beginning to sprout and chronicle the memorable events, important personalities, and significant architecture that helped to sculpt today's county. Scenes of dirt roads lined with horses and buggies rather than automobiles and varied views of the long-standing Burke County courthouse are just a few of the images that will no doubt spark the memories of longtime residents, while allowing members of the younger generations to marvel at the way this Tarheel county once looked.