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Tallulah Falls Railroad

The Tallulah Falls Railroad was a 58 mile long "shortline" that eventually connected Cornelia, Georgia and Franklin, North Carolina. It reached Tallulah Falls in 1882 and Clayton by 1905, ushering in a tourism and lodging boom. The rail line was also critical to the birth of the logging industry in the first decade of the twentieth century and was crucial to bringing in men and supplies for Georgia Power's dam building on the Tallulah River. Click thumbnail to enlarge and read more information about each image.