Chicken Alley Mural -Asheville, North Carolina
Chicken Alley is a small, narrow alley in Downtown Asheville, that is named for the chickens that would congregate there in the city's earlier days. The mural depicts the agricultural heritage of Chicken Alley, and chicken-processing plant owners Sam and Argie Young. Sandra Gudger is the Young’s grand daughter who contributed photographs and memories of her “bee-keeping, poultry-raising family”. The woman depicted in the mural is Sandra, holding a jar of honey with her pet black snake named "boy" at her feet. The other side of the mural (pictured in 2nd photo) shows a giant rooster.
Many folks who stop here are curious about the legend of the ghost of Dr. Jamie Smith. He practiced here in the late 19th century and was known to always wear a wide-brimmed, black fedora hat and a long, duster-style coat. He carried his medicine bag and a cane with a silver pommel on it. He was a good doctor who also loved a good time. Workers from nearby logging camps and factories would come into the city on weekends to drink and find “companionship“ at local brothels.
The doctor’s fun came to an end in 1902 when he walked in to a bar in Chicken Alley called Broadway's Tavern. The doctor walked right into the middle of a bar fight that he tried to break up. In trying to y’all be the fight, he became a murder victim when he was stabbed in the heart by one of the men and he died instantly. The doctor’s murderer was never caught, and within a year of the murder, Broadway's Tavern burned to the ground. For over a century, people have reported seeing a strange, shadowy figure walking in the alley late at night. He’s wearing a long, black coat and a wide-brimmed black hat. He carries an old-fashioned physician's bag and a cane with a silver head. Some swear this is the ghost of Dr. Jamie Smith trying to stop the fight. Some believe that man just wants the drink he was trying to get on that fateful night in 1902
**Background sourced from Appalachian Mural Trail - 1 hour ago