How the Hunger Games Could Resurrect a North Carolina Ghost Town
In the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina lie the remains of the Henry River Mill Village. Overgrown weeds and crumbling buildings may be a far cry from a once-thriving community, but they make the perfect setting for a post-apocalyptic world where teens are drafted by lottery to fight to the death.
Upon seeing the hydropower potential of Henry River, Michael Erastus Rudisill established the town in 1904. At its height, the settlement, located near Hildebran, was completely self-sustained: not only was electricity generated by the dam and mill, but the town ran a company store, school and church – and even minted its own currency. Most people worked at the mill and lived in clapboard houses the company set up and leased for nominal fees.
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