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By Melissa Beck

Having whistled its first "all aboard" in 1988, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway now rambles along the Toccoa's transparent waters, treating 50,000-plus sightseers every year to verdant mountain surroundings. This former Cherokee land's pioneers carved homesteads from tough terrain, doggedly hauling items through mule wagon. the invention of wealthy copper veins in within sight Polk County, Tennessee, attracted an inflow of settlers, yet prior to they can take pleasure in an commercial Age growth together with rail for quicker freight flow, they might undergo path adjustments, bankruptcies, and land-rights concerns. As Fannin, Polk, and surrounding counties neared the 20 th century, the long-anticipated railroad arrived, and with it prosperity. this can be a photographic background of the copper miners, store vendors, homesteaders, and railroad employees who made those mountains their houses, frequently for lots of proud generations.

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