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Founded in 1894, the Southern Railway Company controlled over 4,500 miles of track across the South. To keep the equipment repaired, the company built a large repair shop in Rowan County in 1896. Misenheimer describes the work carried out by over 2,000 workers at Spencer Shops, which was named for company president Samuel Spencer. The shops were used into the 1960s, when the era of the steam engine came to an end.