Few events could have had greater impact in shaping-and reshaping-Blue Ridge Ga than the coming of "the railroad". This "great iron highway" created new markets for the region's products, and brought to it's citizens the products, cultures and ideas of regions far beyond these grand mountains.
It re-arranged where people would live and what they did for a living, and was a primary factor in Blue Ridge's successful campaign to win the seat of campaign to win the seat of county government from the rival town of Morganton.
As the railroad prospered, so did Fannin County. This vision of a railroad throught the mountains of Fannin to tap the mineral treasures of the Copper Basin area goes back well before the War Between the States.
The grade through Fannin County was prepared in 1885, and on January 1, 1886, amid much festivity, the ceremonial first spike was driven in Ellijay and the railroad was surging northward again, to begin the scream of trains to Fannin and the "unexplored regions of North Carolina".
More to come........