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During this time of financial stagnation, most of the buildings in the downtown district remained unaltered.Therefore, Asheville has one of the most impressive, comprehensive collections of Art Deco architecture in the United States.Asheville, with a population of approximately 2,500 by 1861, remained relatively untouched by the Civil War, but contributed a number of companies to the Confederate States Army, and a substantially smaller number of soldiers to the Union.For a time, an Enfield rifle manufacturing facility was located in the town.In response to the killing, Davidson's twin brother Major William Davidson and brother-in-law Colonel Daniel Smith formed an expedition to retrieve Samuel Davidson's body and avenge his murder.Months after the expedition, Major Davidson and other members of his extended family returned to the area and settled at the mouth of Bee Tree Creek.The history of Asheville, as a town, began in 1784.

From the start of the depression through the 1980s, economic growth in Asheville was slow.With the completion of the first railway, Asheville experienced a slow but steady growth as industrial plants increased in number and size, and new residents built homes. Hayes, bought land, helped to create the African-American Burton Street Community, and worked to establish a sanitary district in West Asheville, which became an incorporated town in 1913, merging with Asheville in 1917.Textile mills were established and plants were set up for the manufacture of wood and mica products, foodstuffs, and other commodities. By 1929, both the city and Buncombe County had incurred over million in bonded debt to pay for a wide range of municipal and infrastructure improvements, including City Hall, the water system, Beaucatcher Tunnel, and Asheville High School.Precipitation is relatively well spread (though the summer months are slightly wetter), and averages 45.6 inches (1,160 mm) annually, but has historically ranged from 22.79 in (579 mm) in 1925 to 75.22 in (1,911 mm) in 2013.Snowfall is sporadic, averaging 9.9 inches (25.1 cm) per winter, but actual seasonal accumulation varies considerably from one winter to the next; accumulation has ranged from trace amounts in 2011–12 to 48.2 inches (122.4 cm) in 1968–69.Asheville is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the Swannanoa River and the French Broad River.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 45.3 square miles (117.2 km Asheville has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), resembling the rest of the Piedmont region of the southeastern U.The war came to Asheville as an afterthought, when the "Battle of Asheville" was fought in early April 1865 at the present-day site of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, with Union forces withdrawing to Tennessee after encountering resistance from a small group of Confederate senior and junior reserves and recuperating Confederate soldiers in prepared trench lines across the Buncombe Turnpike; orders had been given to the Union force to take Asheville only if this could be accomplished without significant losses.An engagement was also fought later that month at Swannanoa Gap as part of the larger Stoneman's Raid, with Union forces retreating in the face of resistance from Brig. Martin, commander of Confederate troops in western North Carolina, but returning to the area via Howard's Gap and Henderson County.Notable architecture in Asheville includes its Art Deco city hall, and other unique buildings in the downtown area, such as the Battery Park Hotel, the original of which was 475-feet long with numerous dormers and chimneys; the Neo-Gothic Jackson Building, the first skyscraper on Pack Square; Grove Arcade, one of America's first indoor shopping malls; The Grove Park Inn is an important example of architecture and design of the Arts and Crafts movement.Asheville's recovery from the Depression was slow and arduous.