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First Train to the Capital


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On May 21, 1840, the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad ran for the first time from Gaston to the newly completed State Capitol building in Raleigh. This article uses excerpts from two 1840 letters between fifteen-year-old Peter Foster and his father to describe the train and the excitement it stirred in the communities.
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