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Grover C. Robbins has been one of the main forces in building up the resort town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina as well as promoting the interests of western Carolina as a whole.
Grover C. Robbins of Watauga County is the founder of the Carolina-Caribbean Corporation. Some of Robbins’ development ventures have included the Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock, construction of a monorail transportation system in the Beech Mountain resort area, and residential developments near Charlotte. This article describes Robbins’ background, business successes, and future development plans in western North Carolina.
The late Grover C. Robbins, Jr. renovated the Tweetsie locomotive and railroad in 1957, turning it into Blowing Rock’s most popular tourist attraction. The route of what came to be known as Tweetsie was the Linville River Railway division of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad. The train now operates along a closed circuit and is maintained by Frank Coffey.
Spencer Robbins and his brothers Grover and Harry Robbins are known for their development ventures in the Blowing Rock area. The Robbins brothers converted the Tweetsie railroad into a tourist attraction, and developed ski slopes on Beech Mountain. This article discusses the history of the Robbins’ business ventures, and highlights Spencer’s contributions.