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even crying. These are stories that I got first hand from people who were there. The engineer was throwing chewing gum out for the last time when he left. After the railroad closed, things started to change here in Clayton and Rabun County, especially because the rail- road was a lifeline for the county. It was commissioned after the railway was gone that they were going to build a highway and that’s where 441 came from. 441 took the place of the railroad going from two lanes to four lanes in the early 1990’s. I don’t want to say that the train leaving hurt the economy of Rabun County, but it certainly didn’t help it any, because this was a very poor area. Everybody struggled to make it and when- ever they pulled the plug on the railroad, it made ev- eryone realize that they had something that was pretty amazing. People tried to buy pieces of it to keep as me- mentos and things to remember it by. People bought bells, sticks of rail, and things like that. There was a fell’a who lived here in Clayton who maintained the roadbed up until the late 1980’s, because he thought the train was going to come back. People really did care about it. People did want to see it come back, but now with the way everything has changed and the way that the landscape has moved, it’s impossible. They would have to go back in and completely start up from scratch. I think that people don’t get that- understand the Tallulah Falls was essen- tially forgotten. Whenever it left officially, it was really forgotten. Even now, you can talk to some people and they’ll tell you, “Yeah, yeah, the train used to run right in your front yard,” but some have no idea that there was a railroad here. There is actually footage of them running and doing test runs in downtown Clayton with all of the 1950’s cars and everything. They brought them in and stayed here for about six weeks. In return for filming, Walt Disney gave Tallulah Falls ten thousand dollars. It gave them a little boost and he