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NC 29 #1: Entered from South Carolina near Tuxedo (the route in SC was also numbered 29 and ran to SC 21 Travelers Rest), then ran north to Hendersonville (via today's NC 225), Arden (NC 29 used today's US 25A), Asheville, Weaverville (on today's US 19 Business), and Mars Hill (Main St) before ending at the village of English (via US 23 and Puncheon Fork Road).
In 1923 NC 29 followed the following route through Asheville: Biltmore Ave north to Broadway to Merrimon Ave. NC 20 (the parent) came in on Fairview Ave and NC 10 came in on today's NC 81, forming a triplex of NC 10-20-29 up to downtown Asheville.
The 1924 and 1925 Official Maps both clearly show NC 29 running north of English to the Tennessee Line. Maps from the late 20's do not show a route meeting it from the other side. The DeLorme today shows the border crossing as a trail.
In 1928, NC 29 was totally renumbered -- as an expanded NC 69 from South Carolina to just below Mars Hill, then as the original NC 31 to Mars Hill, then NC 311 up to the Tennessee Line. Don't know why that move was necessary....
The 1929 Official shows no road at all north of Mars Hill which may be a map error.

1924 Official
NC 29's full routing in 1924
1930 Official
NC 29 replaced by NC 69 and NC 311

NC 29 #2: First appeared on 1930 Official Maps, but is mentioned explicitly on the 1929 Official in the detour information with regard to construction on NC 20.
NC 29 was a replacement for US 74/NC 20 from Gastonia through McAdenville, Lowell, and Belmont. It is unclear if NC 29 duplexed with NC 16 (now US 321) at its western end. If it did not, it ended at Marietta at Airline.
In 1932, NC 29 was renumbered as NC 7.

1929 Official
NC 20 through the towns of Gaston County
1931 Official
NC 29 cruising the old town route
1933 Official
NC 7 replaces NC 29

Last Update: 21 December 2007

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