History of the Railroad in Blue Ridge Ga (Part 1)

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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........

 

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Rainmaker
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Donna Yates
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Patty:  I look forward to the rest of the story.  I can only imagine what it would have been like to live here then when the railroad came to Blue Ridge.

May 13, 2008 10:33 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Hi Patty, I look forward to hearing the rest to.  The first time my daughter ever rode a train I think it was out of Ellijay, but it may have been Blue Ridge, she was about 3 and now she is ten.  She wants to take a trip some time on the Amtrak and spend the night.  That is one of those things that we are going to sow a seed and believe God for.  She loves the whole train idea.  In the mean time we may just have to come take a short trip on the one in Blue Rdige.  Have a great week, hope things are gong extremely well with your showing many houses and when you need a good inspector call David, and that away I can combine business with pleasure. :-)

Bonnie

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May 13, 2008 02:29 PM #2
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Patty Ledford
RE/MAX Town and Country - Blue Ridge, GA
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Donna-I know it would have been very interesting back then-thanks for the comment!

Bonnie-I'm sure it was in Blue Ridge and it is a fun trip for all ages. Wow an overnight train ride. Now that sounds like fun. Come on up and take a ride, but make sure you look me up while you are here and I will for sure keep David in mind. Thanks for the comment! Hope you have a wonderful week as well.

 

May 15, 2008 01:31 PM #3
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
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Patty: I LOVE to hear about the history of our area! I find it endlessly fascinating. Can't wait for "the rest of the story!"

 

May 23, 2008 12:18 AM #4
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Patty Ledford
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Hi Kim...I love history as well and even more so when it is where I live and when it involves Terry's family...glad you are back girl! Thanks for the comment!

May 23, 2008 03:06 PM #5
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