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Thu, Jun 20


Catawba County Museum of History

Smoky Mountain Railways

A program & book signing with Bob & Jacob Plott

Smoky Mountain Railways
Smoky Mountain Railways

Time & Location

Jun 20, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Catawba County Museum of History, 30 N College Ave, Newton, NC 28658, USA

About the event

The Great Smoky Mountains were a remote and inaccessible place with no major highways or railroads until well after the Civil War. Using first enslaved and later convict labor — which was in effect legalized slavery — the WNCRR and Murphy Branch connected the mountains with the remainder of the state by 1891. The history of the line is story like no other — a tale of tragedy, heroism, brains, blood, sweat and tears, nitroglycerin and humor.

Join award winning local authors Bob and Jacob Plott as they tell the story of a line that refused to die and the resurgence of the GSMR today. Program will be followed by a book signing, and a question and answer session with the authors.

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