North Carolina-Yancey County-December 17

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-December 17

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Today marks the last of 100 posts on all of the counties in North Carolina. Yancey County was formed in 1833 from Buncombe and Burke Counties. It’s county seat is Burnsville, NC and a map outlined below in red shows Yancey County.


The mountainous county of Yancey borders the state of Tennessee, and it was named in honor of Bartlett Yancey, a Congressman who served from 1813 to 1817.

In the early 1900s, the railroad transformed Yancey economy from an agricultural-based town into a mining community.  The Black Mountain Railroad, reaching Yancey in 1911, allowed for the convenient transportation of mica.


For most of the twentieth century, the mica industry flourished in Yancey County, and the town of Micaville received its name, for it was the central mining location in the county.

The Blue Mountain Parkway runs along Yancey’s eastern border. In addition to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the highest mountain east of the Mississippi rests in Yancey County.  Mount Mitchell, which is over 6,500 feet tall, received its name for Elisha Mitchell.

I wrote about Mount Mitchell back in August.

Yancey is considered the most mountainous county in North Carolina.  With the highest elevation of any county in the state, Yancey boasts in holding half of the ten highest peaks in the Eastern United States.


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