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companies were still here, there would be no trees on the mountains. There would be nothing but bare mountains. People don’t realize that the trees that we have are less than 100 years old and none of them are any comparison of what we had prior to the logging companies moving in. The railroad focused on lumber, passengers, and farming. Those were the three main things that the Tallulah Falls had going for it. Up in Mountain City, there was a lumber mill and they relied on getting all of their materials by the railroad. Rabun County was actually where Tallulah Falls made all of their money because they had the core of their business here. Basically, the railroad was the only way to get it out because, before 1950, there were hardly any roads into Rabun County. The only way to get in was by the railroad and even the roads that they had (still took people) forever to get here. have a few tickets. Really, the total ticket cost would have been going towards maintaining the locomotives and going into funding the railroad for further operation. They really used the money to try to keep things going because they were pretty poor. The railroad helped stimulate the economy in the mountains because they were really influential in get- ting all of the products (that) the people of the moun- tains produced (to other people buying the products). In Clayton, there were probably about eight or nine businesses that relied on the railroad to get everything. On Savannah Street, there was a gas station that got all I cannot emphasize this enough. The Tallulah Falls was of their fuel in by a tank car. not a very wealthy railroad. It was down and dirty. It was built for getting the raw prod- The TF was built cheap and it was built really, ucts of Western North Carolina and really quickly. The old North Georgia out to the consumers. This area was famous for its logging. There were people coming from all over the country and even from other countries who would come to North Carolina and to North Georgia to log trees. Our trees were massive here. They had never seen anything like it. The railroad helped get rid of (a lot) the trees. There were companies that came in and they would buy three to four thousand acres at a time and clear cut all of it. If you were to step outside and logging