Tree of Life History of the North Carolina Railroad SC 1972 First Edition

Tree of Life History of the North Carolina Railroad SC 1972 First Edition

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Tree of Life History of the North Carolina Railroad SC 1972 First Edition
 
Tree of Life History of the North Carolina Railroad SC 1972 First Edition
Soft Cover
96 Pages
Copyright 1972, First Edition
THE YEAR WAS 1854. John Motley Morehead rose to address the members of the North Carolina General Asin Raleigh. In singularly eloquent oratory, Morehead said, "Let the North Carolina Railroad, like a huge tree, strike its roots deeply into the shore of the Atlantic, and be moistened by its waters, and at last stretch its noble trunk through the center of the state, and extend its overshadowand protecting branches through the valleys and along the mountain tops of the west, until it becomes, indeed, the Tree of Life to North Carolina."
The polished prose may have been the result of continued practice, for Morehead was among the earliest advocates of a State-financed railroad. During one period, he took to the stump and spoke to groups in hamlets and villages throughout the State arguing persuasively for construction of what he was later to term the "Tree of Life:
From the earliest days of the nineteenth century, there was considerable interest in the building of a State-wide transportation system. At one time, Archibald Murphey adclearing the rivers of the State so they could be used as natural transportation routes. The plan failed to win apin the State legislature and was abandoned.
In 1833, the first comprehensive plan for a State-firailroad was presented to the General Assembly. That same year, lawmakers meeting in Raleigh were able to watch the operation of a primitive rail line between the Capitol, then under construction, and a rock quarry on the eastern perimof the city. To transport stone from the quarry to the building site, horse drawn cars were pulled over wooden rails capped with iron strips.

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