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each raised $150,000 of the $300,000 needed to save it. The railroad main- ly owed the railroad retirement board about a $100,000. Friends of the Tallulah Falls Committee, which was formed to save the railroad, of- fered the railroad retirement board $50,000. They basically said “No, we will still get more money out of scrapping it,” so they went ahead and scrapped the railroad. After that, they received $17,000. Had they took the offer from the committee, the sto- ry, as I was told, TF would still be here today. of how they built the railroad was this. “The surveyors tied a string to the end of a pig’s tail I am from Macon County. My great-great uncle helped and let it go. Wherever the pig walked was where they construct the railroad My great-great-grandfather also built the railroad.” That was the easy way to find a path worked for the railroad. My family used the railway every time they needed to go to Franklin. The railroad ‘cause the pig will pick the easiest path to go. was known as the Mom and Pop Railroad. That’s anoth- Something that is unique about the railroad and the er thing people forget. I love to tell about how much the fact that it was not cheap was its 42 trestles. Only one employees cared about the communities they served. of those bridges, which wasn’t built ‘til 1912, was They would pass out candy, chewing gum, and cokes to made of steel, the rest were made of wood. When you the children along the track or if they saw them. They look at it, you know 42 trestles is a lot of wood and were really a part of the community. A unique story it’s a lot of construction. A lot of money went into it. behind it is that my great-great grandmother and my The track that they used was really light and primitive. great grandmother decided they were going to head to What they used (was) sixty-pound rail. All that means town one day to pick up some groceries. This would have been in 1946. Well, they took the train north. Af- is that for every foot of track you have, the rail ter they were done shopping, the weighs sixty pounds. The modern trains run on train had 100 to 125 pound per foot. If you look at it in that aspect, it was really small and it could bend easy. They actually purchased it (the rail) sec- ond hand, and it was kind of thrown together. Everybody in the communities would kid and tease the railroad saying it was a total failure and they would never become anything. My great-great-grandfather said that Franklin would never become anything because the TF backed into it. As much as they kidded about it, people were upset when they saw it leave. People tried to save it, but the rail- road was about $500,000 in debt. Clay- ton, Franklin, and the town of Cornelia 10