The North Carolina Railroad Term Paper by Master Researcher

The North Carolina Railroad
An overview of the history and current status of the North Carolina Railroad.
# 44565 | 713 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 13, 2003 in History (U.S. Impending Crisis, 1848-1860)

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This paper examines the history of the North Carolina Railroad and highlights the importance it had to North Carolina's economic growth. The paper explains how the railroad's completion allowed for direct rail service across the entire state for the first time, and thus it played a pivotal role in the economic development of the state throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

From the Paper:

"The development of railroad companies and the laying down of miles and miles of track did not get underway until 1836 in the state of North Carolina. One of the first railroads in the state was the North Carolina Railroad, which was started in 1851 with a groundbreaking ceremony in the city of Greensboro. Its completion allowed for direct rail service across the entire state for the first time.
"The founder of the North Carolina Railroad, Governor John Motley Morehead, was a great visionary of transportation development and also the first president of the North Carolina Railroad, which initially connected only the cities of Goldsboro and Charlotte. The North Carolina Railroad helped set North Carolina on a path to industrial and commercial development that took the state to the forefront of leadership along the southern Atlantic Coast. (Morehead)
"For example, in 1859, when the city of High Point was named after the highest point on the North Carolina Railroad, the city's ambitious founders were confident that its central location would attract industry and commerce, and that the North Carolina Railroad would be vital to the city's prosperity. They were correct, as dozens of other North Carolina cities located along the NCRR discovered as well."

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