Watch a manmade geyser designed for railroad tourists
If you were traveling through the mountains by train to Old Fort during the 19th century, you would pass Andrews Geyser at the Round Knob Hotel. Built in 1879, the geyser commemorated those who died while building the railway to Swannanoa and enticed tourists visiting the area for cooler summer weather to stay at the hotel. Although the hotel burned down in 1903, the geyser was so admired that it was rescued from the grounds in 1911 and moved to the opposite side of the creek, surrounded by the protected lands of the Pisgah National Forest. The redesigned attraction was renamed after Col. Alexander Boyd Andrews, an executive member of the Southern Railroad System, and is now part of a public park in Old Fort.
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