North Carolina Railroads - Linville River Railroad / Railway

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

LR RR

1896

1899

1913*

Cranberry, NC

Saginaw, NC
* 1913 - Acquired by East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad.
The original Legislative Act of 1896 has the name as Linville River Railroad. In 1899, a new Legislative Act has the name as the Linville River Railway, with a new owner. Company organized on August 1, 1899 under the laws of North Carolina.

On July 13, 1896, three Camp brothers, early loggers who first worked this part of North Carolina, incorporated a railroad, which would connect to the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad at Cranberry, North Carolina and extend twelve (12) miles to Saginaw, NC.

After the construction of a hotel and some roadbed grading, the Camp brothers fell into serious debt, and the railroad was purchased by W.M. Ritter and associates for $12,000, and in 1899 the Linville River Railroad acquired its name.

Limited passenger service was offered on the line with the addition of a passenger coach car.

On August 1, 1913, the railroad was sold to the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad, as shown above.

Towns on Route:

Cranberry

Minneapolis

Vale (1905)

Newland (1912)

Montezuma

Saginaw (1899) > Pineola (1914)

The Sixth Annual Report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission for the Year Ending December 31, 1904, with Compilations from Railroad Returns for the Year Ending June 30, 1904, includes the route of the Linville River Railroad, including mileage:

Stations in Order (12 miles):

Pineola
Montezuma
Old Fields
Calhouns
Minneapolis
Cranberry

The Thirteenth Annual Report of the North Carolina Commission for the Year Ending December 31, 1911, with Compilations from Railroad Returns for the Year Ending June 30, 1911, includes the route of the Linville River Railway:

Towns on Route (12 miles):
Pineola
Montezuma
Old Fields
Calhouns
Minneapolis
Cranberry

From the Twenty-First Report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission for the Biennial Period, 1921-1922, with a Compilation of Railroad Returns for the Years ending December 31, 1920 and 1921:

Originally incorporated as the "Linville River Railroad Company" under the general laws of the State of North Carolina, by letters of incorporation bearing date of July 30, 1896. The said Linville River Railroad Company, after having begun construction of a railroad in Mitchell County, North Carolina, became involved in debt and failed, and pursuant to a decree of the Superior Court of Mitchell County at the April, 1898, term, was sold to Isaac T. Mann.

The Linville River Railway Company was issued a Certificate of Incorporation by the Secretary of State of North Carolina under date of August 29, 1899, and by virtue of deed bearing date of September 22, 1899, acquired the railroad property of the said Isaac T. Mann.

This railroad is a narrow (36") gauge single track line, extending from Cranberry, North Carolina, to Pineola, North Carolina, a distance of about 12 miles, and from Montezuma, NC, to Boone, NC, a distance of about 22 miles—total length about 34 miles.

The line was partially constructed between Cranberry and Pineola in the years 1897-8 by the Linville
River Railroad Company, and completed between those points by Isaac T. Mann, during the year
1899. The line was extended from Montezuma to Shulls Mills in 1916, and from Shulls Mills to Boone
in 1918.

President .................................................... Edgar P. Earle ...................................Johnson City, TN
Vice-President............................................ Aria Pardee ....................................... Johnson City, TN
Secretary ................................................... A.H. Fisher ........................................ Johnson City, TN
Treasurer ................................................... J.E. Vance .......................................... Johnson City, TN
General Manager ....................................... Geo. W. Hardin .................................. Johnson City, TN

Road Operated:
Cranberry, NC ........................................... Pineola, NC ...................................... 12 miles
Montezuma, NC ......................................... Boone, NC .........................................22 Miles

Capital Stock .......................................................................................................... $450,000.00
Cost of Road ............................................................................................................. $87,096.74
Cost of Equipment ..................................................................................................... $83,680.48

Employees .................................................................................................................. 64



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