SIA1651: Old Logging Railroad

Photographer:Calvin J. Hamilton
Copyright:© 2005 Calvin J. Hamilton
Location:Yankee Horse Ridge, Virginia

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Elevation: 3140

Early in the 20th century lumber companies built narrow gauge railroads far into the mountains. This railroad, which was 50 miles long, carried more than 100 million board feet of logs to the mill. It was built in 1919-1920 and a section has been reconstructed here. Logging and fires destroyed most of the virgin forests of the blue ridge: The trees you see today are mostly second growth.

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