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for The State Vol. 33 Issue 8, Sept 1965
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Southern Railroad's tracks crisscross North Carolina, but in McDowell County the tracks gained fame. The railway to Asheville experienced several height grading problems in the 1880s. The elevation grade prevented direct service to Asheville. Major James Wilson took control of the project and experimented with unique ideas of increasing track length between grade points, which allows for longer distances of travel to climb the proper elevation. The tracks even use a round valley as a type of centrifuge point to gain altitude and became famous for the unique ideas used to solve railway problems.
The Clinchfield Railroad is an important part of McDowell County and the railroads in North Carolina. Created in 1900, the railway runs through the Appalachian Mountains from the Kentucky coal fields to Spartanburg, South Carolina. The track is centered in North Carolina and connects Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, and West Virginia's economic regions together. The Carolina Clinchfield railway came into operation in 1908 and has remained active throughout the area.
Sharpe provides an overview of McDowell County, discussing such topics as the coming of the railroad, Indians, pioneer days, religion, education, and Lake James
This article describes three smaller of communities within McDowell County, each with a different terrain.