The Transylvania Times -

By John Lanier

Logging Railroads Were Vital To Industries – Transylvania County NC


November 24, 2016

The Gloucester Lumber Co. operated out of Rosman and traveled up what is now Highway 215 to harvest timber. This locomtive fell partly into the river after the trestle collapsed.

Logging and tanning were two of the major industries in Transylvania County and western North Carolina in the early 1900s and railroads played an integral role in the success of those industries.

The role of railroads in this county was well documented by local photographers Joe Wilde and Dorothy Wilde Galloway of Lake Toxaway.

"Dot was instrumental in making sure that these photographs were preserved," said regional historian Jerry Ledford during his presentation entitled "Logging Railroads in Pisgah National Forest" held last week at the Transylvania County Library.

Ledford said tha...

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