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Picturing The Past: Railroad Played Huge Role In Expansion Of The County


Last updated 3/6/2019 at 4:35pm

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Built in 1886 for the Knoxville & Ohio Railroad, this locomotive operated as Southern Railways' engine 167 after Southern absorbed the K & O in 1894. It was used for nearly 40 additional years.

Editor's Note: We are re-running the Picturing the Past story that ran in the March 4 edition because some of the information was missing.

By the 1890s, North Carolina's railroad network covered most of the state. It provided faster and more comfortable travel to and from the region and helped expand tourism. It also offered an easier and more affordable means of transporting goods to and from the area. The Spartanburg & Asheville Railroad reached Hendersonville by June 1879. Reorganized as the Asheville & Spartanburg Railroad in 1881 the line to Asheville opened July 13, 1886. I...

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