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This scrapbook documents the history of New River Light & Power (NRLP) through historical documents and photos.

Blanford Barnard and Dauphin Disco Dougherty established the New River Light and Power Company in 1915 to provide hydroelectric power to Appalachian Training School and the local community. On March 23, 1923, a fire destroyed the power plant and machinery. The structure was repaired and resumed operation on July 12, 1923. On October 30, 1924 a new power plant with a 26 foot concrete dam located on the Middle Fork of the New River began operation. The complex was located three miles outside of Boone near the Old Blowing Rock Road at Devil's Gate. This power plant remained in operation through 1972. In 1972, NRLP stopped generating power and started bringing in electricity exclusively from Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation.

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A conglomeration of papers Leo Finkelstein collected over his lifetime, from newspaper clippings about a bookmobile and his father's death to letters from the Buncombe County library. It includes pictures from the Asheville Lion's Club and Leo's years serving the military as well as Western Union telegrams, airline and travel ephemera, "Song of the Lions" sheet music, an obituary for Lambkin (pet dog), and various membership and identification cards.

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A conglomeration of papers Leo Finkelstein collected over his lifetime.

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A collection of photographs from the Asheville area, many taken in the 1920s and 1960s, as well as numerous letters, flyers, travel ephemera, membership cards, obituaries, and newspaper clippings. Also includes Leo's short story "I am a Dime" which gives a unique and detailed account of Asheville history from the perspective of a dime.

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