NC Buys the Big Penis(image from UNC-Asheville Special Collections)
The Morris family has finally agreed to sell Chimney Rock to the State of North Carolina for $24M (NC had budgeted something like $15M and the family was asking $55M). It will be added to the Hickory Nut Gorge State Park. We usually make it a point to drive through Lake Lure and Chimney Rock (the towns) on the way back from Asheville and often stop at the Old Rock Cafe overlooking the Broad River and with a great view of Chimney Rock. They've got a lot of the tourist flyers and stuff from the 30s and 40s with the cartoon Chimney Rock that looks unmistakably like a large talking penis. They're too funny - I hope they keep them!