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Speaker To Discuss Trains And Transformation In WNC


August 9, 2018

Ray Rapp will be the guest speaker for the Transylvania County Historical Society’s August, Sunday History Talk. The free event will be held at the Allison-Deaver House at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12.

Hear this informative and entertaining presentation about the challenges of building railroads into the western North Carolina mountains, and the revolutionary changes that resulted after the first train arrived at Asheville in 1880 and Brevard 15 years later. The heartbreak and heroism of constructing rail lines up the Blue Ridge escarpment involved convict labor building loops, tracks on...

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