Blue Ridge Scenic Railway (Images of Rail) by Melissa Beck

By Melissa Beck

Having whistled its first "all aboard" in 1988, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway now rambles along the Toccoa's transparent waters, treating 50,000-plus sightseers every year to verdant mountain surroundings. This former Cherokee land's pioneers carved homesteads from tough terrain, doggedly hauling items through mule wagon. the invention of wealthy copper veins in close by Polk County, Tennessee, attracted an inflow of settlers, yet sooner than they can take pleasure in an business Age growth together with rail for swifter freight circulate, they might undergo direction adjustments, bankruptcies, and land-rights concerns. As Fannin, Polk, and surrounding counties neared the twentieth century, the long-anticipated railroad arrived, and with it prosperity. it is a photographic historical past of the copper miners, store vendors, homesteaders, and railroad staff who made those mountains their houses, usually for plenty of proud generations.

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