12th Annual Rhododendron Fete proceeds in Asheville, North Carolina. Float Parade with floats showing different names on them follow one after other. A float with a man and a girl sitting on chairs. Float with the letter 'K,' i the entry of the Kiwanis Club, has three girls holding umbrellas and a man sitting in a big shoe. Float with the word 'Peace' across the front. Float named 'BPOE,' the entry of the Elks Club (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks). has a girl sitting before a big clock holding the U.S. flag. A float with a spider web is the entry of Ivey's Department Store, which is the grand prize winner in the Floral Parade. Children are seen, representing different nursery rhymes. The float of Belks Department
Store is seen at the end .
Delegates of The Pan American Highway Commission visit Chimney Rock Park in Rutherford County's Chimney Rock, North Carolina. View of commission cars and buses on winding mountain road approaching the park. Commission delegates seen climbing the wooden, terraced stairways to the top of the 315 foot Chimney Rock granite monolith. View of the Broad River from atop Chimney Rock, before the dam was built on it by the Morse family of Carolina Mountain Power Company to create Lake Lure. Views of the valleys and mountains near Chimney Rock.
Footage of former U.S. President William Howard Taft, recently retired the week before as Chief Justice of the United States. Exterior view of the Taft house in Washington DC at 2215 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington DC. (A Georgian Revival style house built in 1904 and purchased by Taft from Congressman Alvin Fuller. It later was the home of the Embassy of Syria in Washington DC). Car out front. Taft is returning from Asheville North Carolina to Washington DC, as he has fallen ill. William Howard Taft is taken out of a car by a few men. The men assist William Taft in walking into his house. (Taft died in the home a month later on March 9, 1930).
Immigrants on board a ship arriving in New York Harbor, circa 1905, see New York City buildings across the water. A couple walking along the avenue in New York City. The man buys a newspaper from a newsboy. A trolley car passes in the center of the avenue. A sign on the trolley reads: "Broadway." Several automobiles drive along a street, each close behind the other. One is decorated with American flags. A school building at side of the street displays numerous American flags. Pedestrians walking along 5th Avenue in New York City. Some men are wearing top hats, and others bowlers. Women are wearing bonnets. Several gentlemen in formal attire seat seated at a banquet table. They smoke cigars and have after-dinner drinks. Flowers adorn the table and the men wear boutonnieres. They all sport mustaches and wear some sort of garlands of greens (or paper) on their heads. The scene expands to reveal more men at the table,similarly attired, including the garlands. Couples dancing in an elegant ballroom. Change of scene shows waiters serving guests at an outdoor dining venue. Most of the men wear straw boaters (hats) and the women wear summer dresses and bonnets. A gentleman in a top hat with two women at a fashionable outdoor affair. The women wear large-brimmed hats. Ann Harrison Vanderbilt (Mrs. Willian K Vanderbilt) seated in a rolling straw chair, pushed from behind, chats with a gentleman in Florida. Lady in striped jacket and white skirt, with tennis racquet under her arm talks to chauffeur, standing next to a Locomobile limousine, parked at the curb. The Vanderbilt home, "the Biltmore," in Asheville, North Carolina, viewed from the back of the mansion.
Presbyterian mission work in the southern appalachian mountain region of Madison County, west of Ashville, North Carolina. Man attaches a skid cart to a horse. A woman climbs in the skid. Man inspects dilapidated buildings. Group of men work at rebuilding and restoring the buildings. One man adjusting a door handle or lock, another man cutting wood with a saw. Storefront of Allanstand Cottage Industries at 16 College Street, Ashville, North Carolina, originally founded by Frances Goodrich. Sign "Allanstand" over the entrance way and the words "Blue Ridge" seen above that. Sign in a window under an awning, "Allanstand - Southern Mountain Handicraft Guild" (which later became the Southern Highland Craft Guild). 1930s era car parked out front of the shop. Pedestrians pass by on the sidewalk in front of the Allanstand Craft Shop. Bearded man rebuilding a stone post beside a driveway or road, with a farm and cows in the background. Another man in business clothing looks on.
The Pan American Highway Commission officials received by Cameron A. Morrison, Governor of North Carolina. Governor Morrison and the delegates pose for a photo on steps of a building. The commission visits the Highway Equipment Depot near Raleigh and inspects the machinery. They proceed towards University of North Carolina. Traffic signs and direction boards on road sides. University of North Carolina college students give a cheer and greet the group. The commission buses, cars, motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecars are seen traveling on highway roads in North Carolina. The commission members observe road machinery and try out the machines including early tractors, graders, scrapers, and plows, trench diggers, and steam shovels. Two delegate members ride in the bucket of a steam shovel. They halt at the newly completed Wilcox Bridge spanning the Yadkin River near Spencer, North Carolina. A view of the caravan on the open-spandrel (open support system) Wilcox Bridge over the Yadkin River and then in a North Carolina town. The group entering Bessemer city in North Carolina, where a welcome banner spans the roadway.