Early leaders altered Haywood's history
Decisions made in the late 1950s and early ‘60s in Haywood County forever altered its position in history. Whether that was for the better can be debated, but not the facts.
The most transforming event was construction of Interstate 40 through Haywood, a feat that was rather remarkable in retrospect. Early leaders were in a hard-fought competition with Buncombe and Madison counties for the lifeline that was guaranteed to bring economic prosperity initially and for years to come.
Just think of how different Haywood would be if the French Braod route through Marshall and Hot Springs had been chosen. Back then, and still today, commerce depended on a good transportation route, something the U.S. interstate highway system was built to accomplish.
Early Haywood leaders recognized the importance ...