Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Get out of jail free

In the E. L. Moore's Legacy in the 21th Century: All things Weird and Wonderful post, E. L. Moore's tall tale got started in the Bryson City jailhouse in North Carolina during the summer of 1930. Naturally, I got to wondering if there was a Bryson City and a jailhouse there in 1930. Turns out it looks like there was. The above photo, sourced from the Hunter Library Digital Collection at Western Carolina University, was taken by Horace Kephart (1862 - 1931). The caption reads, "Photograph of an escape route out of the Swain County Jail in Bryson City, North Carolina." Did Mr. Moore's story come from some part of an actual experience? We'll probably never know.

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