Images of America: Spruce Pine
There is a little piece of Spruce Pine in almost every home and business in America. Known as the Mineral City, Spruce Pine is the hub of mining activity in the mineral-rich Toe River valley, which provides mica, feldspar, and ultra-pure quartz for computer chips and other electronic components. Images of America: Spruce Pine is the story of a town with two main streets that was started by the arrival of the railroad. This volume includes the characters, events, tragedies, triumphs, and memories shared by town residents. From catastrophic fires, ravaging floods, and economic turmoil, to visits by U.S. presidents and the Carolina Barn Dance, it is all right here.
About David Biddix (Western North Carolina Author)
Currently I am Marketing Coordinator at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, North Carolina where I work on publications, and the college's website.
I have a keen interest in local and regional history and am committed to preserving information on the stories, events, and individuals I serve on the Board of Directors for the MItchell County Historical Society, and I am webmaster for their website (mitchellnchistory.org). Our Society is also beginning work on a Gazetteer for our region of Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties (toevalleygazetteer.org) that we hope to debut soon.
I have co-authored 3 Images of America books: Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland (with Chris Hollifield) and Mount Mitchell (with Jonathan Bennett). I also served on the Mitchell County Sesquicentennial committee in 2011, and we produced a coffee table book on the county (Voices of the Valley) that documents the county's 150 years of existence, starting from February, 1861 when the county was established.