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The road was finished into Andrews in the summer of 1889 and to Murphy in 1891.
Soon thereafter, to wit, on June 15, 1892, the old Richmond & Danville Railroad went into the hands of receivers, Fred W. Jack Pence "drove the mountain," as the end of the line nearest Old Fort was called, handling "the ribbons" over six beautiful white horses.
On January 21, 2014 we switched in the last of the updated files and final page revisions. New River Notes, a leading genealogy resource for the New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia, launched its new look website today. Best money and he failed to pay same back and forfeited the road, he assigning all his interest to Messrs.Under the assignment from Best the Richmond Terminal Company came into control of the Western North Carolina and immediately proceeded with the work, issuing two mortgages for this purpose. "For the next five years while the construction of the Western North Carolina was being completed the operation was carried on in the name of Western North Carolina No.3 as is evidenced by an act entitled: " 'An Act empowering the Western North Carolina Railroad- Company to construct telegraph and telephone lines on its right of way.' "Ratified March 6,1885. 294, p.542, which authorized the company to do a general telegraph business, but in 1886, when the R.& D. "From this it will be seen that the property was operated as the Western North Carolina but was held by the Richmond Terminal Company up to April 30, 1886, from which time to May 5, 1894, when the Southern Railway purchased the property, it was operated by the Richmond & Danville under lease." THE STATE SELLS THE RAILROAD. 241) the State agreed to sell the road to Clyde, Logan and Buford, assignees of W. Best and associates, provided they should complete it to the mouth of the Nantahala river by September 1, 1884, and should keep at work beyond that point 75 convicts."The Richmond Terminal Company acquired the Western North Carolina in the interest of the expanding R. D system to extend its line from a connection at 8alisbury with the North Carolina Railroad, which the R. was assuming the operation of most of the Richmond Terminal lines in its own name, the following lease was executed: " 'Western North Carolina Railroad Co., to Richmond and Danville Railroad Company, lease dated April 30, 1886 Term Ninety-nine years. They were also required to purchase of the State treasurer 0,000 of the coupon bonds of the Western North Carolina railroad which they had deposited with the State treasurer under sections 12 and 24 of the act of March 29, 1880.The formidable Blue Ridge had been successfully surmounted at last. A hotel and geyser-like fountain were maintained at Round Knob from about 1885 to about the close of the last century, when the hotel was burned. The railroad was completed to Biltmore on Sunday, October 3, 1880; to Alexanders, 10 miles below Asheville on the French Broad, on the 4th day of July, 1881, and to Paint Rock January 25, 1882. The Murphy branch was completed to Pigeon river, now Canton, January 28, 1882, reaching Waynesville later in the same year. If the original plan to have a tunnel through the Balsam mountain had been adhered to the terminus of the road must have remained at Waynesville many years; but the road was built over the mountain by a difficult and dangerous grade, and the work which had been done on the tunnel in 18 was abandoned. It reached Jarrett's station, or Nantahala, at the mouth of the Red Marble creek, November 23, 1884.The fountain had ceased some time before that; but in 1911 George F. Andrews had rendered in the development of Western North Carolina, restored the fountain at his own expense. This Balsam gap is the highest railroad pass east of the Rocky mountains, being about 3,100 feet above sea level. Here it stayed a long time, due to the fact that a tunnel had been contemplated through the Red Marble gap of' the Valley River Mountain; but after the grading had been completed nearly to the gap it was discovered that the soil would not support the roof and sides of a tunnel, and the whole work had to be done over again and the roadbed placed on a much higher grade.