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Green Gold: The Story of the Hassinger Lumber Company of Konnarock, Virginia By Doug McGuinn
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In 1904, when the Hassinger brothers came from the Penn. county of Forest to the Va. county of Washington with the idea of continuing their father’s lumber business, they liked what they saw:... More > thousands of acres of virgin forest. Two years later, they built a sawmill and a town to support its workers, called Konnarock in Washington County. In less than ten years, the Hassinger Lumber Company was employing over 400 workers, had laid down over 75 miles of railroad track, had built 20 logging camps, and was sawing almost 60,000 board feet of lumber per day. Not only did the Hassinger Lumber Company cut timber in Washington County, Virginia, it also did extensive timbering in neighboring Ashe County, North Carolina, and also sawed timber cut in Watauga County, North Carolina, when the Deep Gap Tie and Lumber Company, located in the Watauga County village of Deep Gap, bought the Hassinger Lumber Company’s Shay locomotive No. 3, sending its logs to the Hassinger sawmill in Konnarock.< Less
The "Virginia Creeper": Remembering the Virginia-Carolina Railway By Doug McGuinn
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THE “VIRGINIA CREEPER”: REMEMBERING THE VIRGINIA–CAROLINA RAILWAY is a history of the “Virginia Creeper” train, whose route, in its heyday, ran from Abingdon, Virginia,... More > to Elkland (present-day Todd), North Carolina, a distance of 76.5 miles ( its route was officially known as the Abingdon Branch of the Norfolk & Western Railway). However, in 1933, the 20.5-mile section that stretched from Elkland to West Jefferson, North Carolina, was abandoned. One of the last steam trains in America, the “Virginia Creeper” wasn’t “dieselized” until 1957. Passenger and mail services were discontinued in 1962. The remainder of the route, from Abingdon to West Jefferson, was abandoned in 1977. Now, the Virginia section of the former Virginia–Carolina Railway’s roadbed is the Virginia Creeper Trail, a well-used (and very scenic) hiking/biking/horseback-riding trail.< Less
The Last Train from Elkland By Doug McGuinn
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THE LAST TRAIN FROM ELKLAND is a brief history of Elkland (present-day Todd), North Carolina, and the surrounding northwestern North Carolina mountain communities, including Bowie (present-day... More > Fleetwood), West Riverside (present-day Brownwood), and Yuma (present-day Deep Gap). Not only is THE LAST TRAIN FROM ELKLAND a history of four northwestern North Carolina mountain communities, it is also about two railroads that operated in and around these communities: the Virginia-Carolina, also known as the “Virginia Creeper,” and the Deep Gap Tie and Lumber Company’s railroad, whose former Hassinger Lumber Company’s Shay logging locomotive operated alongside Gap Creek, from Deep Gap, in Watauga County, to the South Fork of the New River, near Fleetwood, in Ashe County, a distance of only about five miles.< Less

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