Colonel Alexander Boyd Andrews: “Hero” of the Western North Carolina Railroad

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Montana Eck (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
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Daniel Pierce

Abstract: In 1880, after more than twenty years of political and financial mismanagement by the state of North Carolina, Col. Alexander Boyd Andrews assumed control of the Western North Carolina Railroad. Halted outside of Asheville and under attack by politicians and citizens alike for being costly and unwanted, the railroad nearly met its doom. However, under the leadership of Andrews, the Western North Carolina Railroad found its greatest success, reaching the Tennessee border in less than two years. Suddenly thrown into the national spotlight, the once economically distant region of Western North Carolina was never to be the same. This thesis looks to assess the influence and significance of Col. Andrews in the completion of the Western North Carolina Railroad and aims to examine the long-term political and economic impact of his leadership.

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Language: English
Date: 2016
Western North Carolina Railroad, Alexander Boyd Andrews

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