This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Moore General Hospital, built on the current site of the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women, served as a rehabilitation center for tuberculosis patients beginning in 1946. (Photo: Courtesy of National Library of Medicine) Asheville and the surrounding areas of North Carolina have long been referred to as “The Land of the Sky” because of the mountainous terrain and beautiful views. This same terrain and its associated climate contributed to the region becoming a hot spot for tuberculosis treatment centers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many sanatoriums opened up in the area as well as boarding houses designed specifically for tuberculosis patients. Hospitals and doctors were drawn to this area because of the prevailing belief that the outdoors and fresh air would help heal patients and prove valuable for physical therapy. Tuberculosis, a bacterial disease, is most infamous for attacking the lungs. The disease is airborne, spreading when an infected person coughs, sneezes or even talks. The first antibiotic to treat tuberculosis, str...