10/29/08 149 W, 1 I - + 13 - 9 Holy Bat Cave!

Still more reporting from the road. Found the Bat Cave this afternoon. The mountainside community on the edge of Henderson County has a post office, a church, a couple stores, and a fire station. The Bat Cave Fire Department was incorporated in 1974, and their station houses what looks like three pumper-tankers and an ambulance. There was even someone at the station, albeit briefly. Cue Neil Hefti. Down the road in Rutherford County, the Chimney Rock Fire Department has quite a scenic view. They're an older department, incorporated in 1954. They protect the village of Chimney Rock, which has 2.8 square miles and 175 people as of 2000. One of their notable fires occurred in 1981 on Labor Day Weekend, when the Sky Lounge at Chimney Rock Park burned to the ground. Wonder how long it took the engines to climb the mountain that day? Click to enlarge:

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