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Final Spikes at Saluda Train Tales
October 20, 2017 @ 7:15 pmFree
Ray Rapp, who retired in 2009 as dean of adult and graduate studies at Mars Hill University, will discuss the completion of the Western North Carolina Railroad from Salisbury to Asheville in 1880 and the line from Spartanburg to Asheville in 1885. These lines marked the end of a tumultuous era of rail construction, political corruption, economic sleight of hand, prisoner exploitation and racial violence that led to the impeachment and conviction of North Carolina Governor William W. Holden in 1871. Rapp will describe the period and the progress that was made. The program is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.