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Picturing The Past: Railroad Dramatically Boosted Brevard's Population - Brevard, NC


January 15, 2018

In 1894 the railroad arrived in Brevard bringing with it a new era. Branson's Business Directory lists the population of Brevard as 350 in 1890; by 1896 it was 500. According to the U.S. Federal Census, the population of Brevard jumped from 327 to 584 between 1890 and 1900, an increase of 78.6 percent.

Transylvania Pioneer, Brevard's first newspaper, had started on July 22, 1887. It was in business less than a year. Other short-lived newspapers followed, but The Sylvan Valley News was the first long running paper. Begun in November 1895, The Sylvan Valley News operated for more than 20...

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