Forest City Courier, July 25, 1940
The several miles you traverse going from Chimney Rock and Lake Lure down to the South Carolina state line not only affords some beautiful scenery, but carries you through some interesting towns. Rutherford County has many fine churches and schools of superlative excellence. Posterity will give its proper need of praise to the efforts of the pioneers whose foresight made possible the facilities we now enjoy. Leaving beautiful Lake Lure and the tourist playground of the village of Chimney Rock you come to the historic town of Rutherfordton with its old boxwoods reminiscent of antebellum days. A fine hospital and hotel are outstanding evidences of a progressive people. Further south you come to Spindale, the very name of which is descriptive of the busy industries to be found there. Many attractive houses and tree shaded lawns greet your eye. Thence, to Forest City, one of ten of the best planned towns in our United States. The business section shows much activity, and many lovely homes go to make up a progressive town. Through Alexander where there is an air of unhampered development. Large beds and borders of phlox make you want to linger there. We travel on down through the fertile region of the little community of Sandy Mush with its pretty bungalows, flowers and Lombardy Poplars. The busy towns of Caroleen and Henrietta are links in the chain of progress with their neat homes and flower bedecked lawns. The hum of spindles reaches your ears. The pretty little town of Avondale comes next. Here too, you hear the hum of spindle and loom. The grounds about the Haynes mill are well kept and the homes and flower gardens are attractive. Off to the left is found the alert village of Ellenboro with its rich surrounding farms. Cliffside, the Town of Roses terminates your trip through the county. As you approach this thriving town, its rose covered roadsides, shade trees, hedge borders and flowers quickly attract your attention. You get a clear reflection of Cliffside mills in the waters of Second Broad River as you cross the bridge and hear again the hum of looms and spindles. A sense of security is evident and everywhere you see contented people; so in your travels why not “See Rutherford County, First”?
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