AMT @ Old Fort, NC

North Carolina Gold Trail Mural
Town of Old Fort, NC

Blue Ridge MilePost: 344
Latitude:35.6279623, Longitude:-82.1827629  
  Lead Artist: Linda Castren
Trail Member/Sponsor: McDowell Tourism Authority
Read Additional Details: McDowell County Gold History

Mural Description

    The "North Carolina Gold Trail" is a mural acknowledging our region's gold history. The mural project was created through a partnership between the McDowell Tourism Authority, the Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League, A3L, a local 501(c)(3) organization, and area artist, Linda Castren. The mural image shows two period gold miners, panning in a stream. The gold coin in the mural represents the region's first gold mint, the Bechtler Mint, located in present day Rutherfordton, NC. Prior to the California Gold Rush, North Carolina provided the majority of the nation's gold. During the early to mid-1800s, in and around the Vein Mountain region of present day McDowell, Burke and Rutherford counties, approximately 5,000 people were employed by the gold industry. You can read and listen to additional details surrounding this period of McDowell County history, on our oral history site(link shown above).

    Historic Carson House, located at 1805 US Highway 70 in Marion, created an exhibit interpreting this period. Bechtler House and Museum is also a public museum, located at 130 West 6th Street in Rutherfordton, NC. Attend North Carolina's only "official" N.C. Gold Festival on the first Saturday in June, on the grounds of Old Fort's Mountain Gateway Museum. Find additional area mining attractions online at McDowell Tourism Authority site(link shown above).

    This is Old Fort's 10th mural! The 7 Wonders Trail and A Time To Build mural are also included on the Appalachian Mural Trail. The mural pieces are grouped close to one another, creating an easy walk through town. Begin your journey at our visitor center, located at 91 S. Catawba Avenue, Old Fort, NC.

Artist Bio: Linda Castren

    Linda Castren is a mural artist, living in Bat Cave, NC. She created the original mural design and is the sole mural artist. Linda has over 30 years of experience working on a wide variety of projects, using an equally large variety of mediums. While her current work focuses on public art, however, she has collaborated with and created art for music videos, commercials, and full length films including her work with Wes Craven and Michael Jackson.

    Closer to home, she contributed to public art projects such as the Tryon Horses (Art of the Horse) and Black Mountain Rocking chairs. Both public art projects raise awareness and funds for their respective communities.

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    comment by: Gloria
Love, love, love ❤ all the art we saw and experienced while in Asheville!!Laura

    comment by: Lois
Brilliant way to allow visitors to enjoy the sites and sounds that Asheville has to offer.

    comment by: Rebecca&Susan
We just loved all of the murals in Asheville! Asheville is a fun vibrant interesting town!

    comment by: Catherine Wilson
    (Asheville, NC)

As a member of Carolina Street Mural group, I learned about The Appalachian Mural Trail! After reviewing your web page. I planned my road trips to locate the trail murals, reflect on them and photograph memories of my trip!

    comment by: Tammy Compton
    (Fort Myers, Florida)

Love it! We went looking to take selfies with 3 and found over 20 murals!

    comment by: Angie Trapp
    (Concord, NC)

Beautiful mural in Sparta, one of my favorite places! 😊❤️

    comment by: Debra
    (Falls Church City, VA)

Thanks for letting me know! What a great project!
It added cool stops to my visit and I love seeing art and the artist was around that day to meet.

    comment by: Cristy (Mountain City, TN)
We have been getting much more traffic around our murals, and a lot of it is due to the publicity from your organization!
Thank you!
We will unveil our newest (and largest) mural on September 4th.

    comment by: Cindy Hedrick Day
It's beautiful! Thank you!!!!
Awesome! You made my day! Love love love it!.
I saw the email re the Mural Trail special in process of being made. Can't wait to see it. We are working to finish our projects, exhibit changes, etc. Who knew it would take so long! But, it's soon finished!!!
Looking forward to seeing this!
Thank you again!!!

    comment by: Marcie Toomey
This is our second visit to Holy Trinity.. we always leave blessed and humbled ❤️

    comment by: Chelsea
Thank you so much for the quick response! I received my shirt and thoroughly enjoyed the trail! Thank you for all of the hard work put into this project!

    comment by: Debbie Dillion
Just came across your website and it is great! I plan to look for these murals in my travels. A phone app would be awesome.

    comment by: Carol
Lincolnton, NC, is loaded with murals! And I love them all!

    comment by: Barry & Cindy Beaulieu
we got to see the Fresco in W. Jefferson NC and is amazing ... we were on our two wheeler the Voyager... nature declares there is a God... everywhere you look... thanking ya'll so very very much...

    comment by: Vickie Sealock
    (Welcome Center Manager)

I love what you folks are doing. Several years ago we went to Exeter California to see their Mural trail. We spent hours in this little town looking at the murals and trying to find the hidden objects in each. We talked with the towns people, had lunch, shopped in the shops. I love the mural trails, and yours is going to be one of the best. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

    comment by: Liz
Art is everywhere in Asheville! This gorgeous mural of Dolly Parton by Gus Cutty is the newest mural you'll see in town. Gus created the mural with spray paint in 3 days. See it for yourself at Beauty Parade on Haywood Rd in West Asheville.

    comment by: Karen
Roanoke murals are awesome to see... love the mural with girl floating in air... the poetry one was neat!

    comment by: Big Tom
This is great mural art, will be remembered a long time...

    comment by: Bob
This is very expansive mural, covers many walls inside the cradle building. Beautiful art mural, a must see!

    comment by: Dolly
Love the big murals!!!

    comment by: Lisa Patten
I love the mural trail. It's like seeing a gift at Christmas!

    comment by: Ann Barbare
Beautiful mural of Maggie Valley

    comment by: Jennifer
Love your mural artwork! The local references, the depiction of marvelous, beautiful, and colorful nature - landscapes, birds, animals, butterflies, and glorious flowers - invites close study and is very engaging!

    comment by: Carol
Looks like progress being made! Can't wait to see the mural at Joeys.

    comment by: anonymous
Can't wait to see this beautiful mural art in person at Joey's Pancake House

    comment by: Amy
I love your little sneak-a-peek view. Need more...

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