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Westward transportation became a priority in North Carolina as early as 1762, but roads and canal projects were insufficient in expanding commerce within the states. Early North Carolina Railroads roads were formed into trunk line systems to link new roads with established North-South carriers. The Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway was a distinct effort to establish an east-west connection across North Carolina extending from the mountains to the State's largest port at the coast. The project was begun in 1879 and was dissolved by the General Assembly during the 1922-23 session.
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