Near Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Labor strife led to bloodshed, and cave-ins were common. It is believed that more than 200 men were killed before construction of the Loops was completed in 1908.
The long, shrill whistle of the steam engine signaled many changes for the people who lived in nearby communities. Timber and mining companies used the railroad to haul lumber and minerals out of the area. Industry, with its promise of steady wages, lured many men from the farm and changed forever the lives of mountain families.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway marker series.
Location. 35° 52.466′ N, 82° 1.544′ W. Marker is near Spruce Pine, North Carolina, in Mitchell County. Marker is on Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 328.6), 1.2 miles south of Altapass Highway, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gillespie Gap (approx. 2 miles away); Spruce Pine Mining District (approx. 2 miles away); Cathey's Fort (approx. 5.3 miles away); Penland School (approx. 6.9 miles away); Crossnore School (approx. 11˝ miles away); Pleasant Gardens (approx. 11.7 miles away); Andre Michaux (approx. 12.2 miles away); Honoring Mitchell County's Confederate Dead (approx. 12.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spruce Pine.
Regarding The Loops. The railroad travels along almost 32 miles and passes through 18 tunnels as it ascends the Blue Ridge. The construction of the railway began in 1886. However, the struggle with the mountains, funding and land slowed the progress of the railway. In 1909 the rails were in place over the Blue Ridge. The Clinchfield Railroad was complete and running by 1915.
Also see . . . Clinchfield Loops. The Clinchfield Loops were an engineering marvel of their day, a series of twisting and turning horseshoe curves located south of Spruce Pine, North Carolina in the state's western Smoky Mountains which kept (Submitted on September 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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