Beta on the route

Following Wagon Trails - 1890s: Beta

Jackson County
Altitude: 2,155 feet

Beta, a community three miles east of the Sylva, N.C., is located along the banks of Scotts Creek. Fisher Creek is one of the tributaries of Scotts Creek. As in many other locales in the mountains, fishing was a popular sport and pastime.

Items of State News

“The Bryson City Times says that the United States Fish Commission sent a carload of California trout last week to be distributed in suitable streams between that place and Asheville. The greater portion of them were turned loose in the vicinity of Balsam, but 3,000 were taken to Sylva and put into Scott’s and Fisher’s creeks.”


- Charlotte Observer, published as Daily Charlotte Observer, February 7, 1895, p. 2.
From America’s Historical Newspapers – Early American Newspapers, an Archive of Americana Collection, published by Readex (, a division of NewsBank.

To the West: Sylva


To the East: Addie

Beta in the 1910s  |  Beta in the 1930s

Return to the Southern Railway Map for the 1890s

Sources & Readings

  • Powell, William S. The North Carolina Gazetteer. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1968.
  • Williams, Max R., ed. The History of Jackson County. Sesquicentennial ed. Sylva, NC: Jackson County Historical Association, 2001.