Opinion: Should the Mountaineer ‘hillbilly’ sign go? Or is it part of Asheville’s history now?
My first thought when a reader told me the Mountaineer Inn had been sold for $6.1 million was very deep: “Huh?” Six point one million American dollars? Seems like a lot of cheddar for a motel that dates to 1939 and has, shall we say, seen its better days. Hey, the total appraised value for the motel and two acres of land is $2,863,000, according to Buncombe County tax records. My second thought was, “Well, that’s got to be a teardown, and another boxy new hotel for Asheville. I wonder if the giant hillbilly sign will finally go on the…Keep reading