North Carolina Railroads - Mount Airy & Ore Knob Railroad


Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point





Mt. Airy, NC

Ore Knob, NC
* 1879 - Merged into Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railway.
Was the Mt. Airy & Central Railroad, which was chartered on April 4, 1871.

In the early 1870s, a massive deposit of copper was discovered in Ashe County, NC and mining operations were quickly established to acquire this valuable find. The town of Ore Knob was established and had a Post Office in 1874, but there were no decent roads with which to transport the copper out of the fairly remote mountainous region. A new railroad was certainly the answer, and it was rapidly built and was operational around 1875.

There are many references to the Mt. Airy & Ore Knob Railroad, primarily since it was merged with the Western Railroad into the Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railway in 1879, as shown above. However, none of the maps currently available show its actual route. The route described below is entirely based upon when "new" towns sprang up between Ashe County and Mt. Airy, North Carolina - an educated guess that these towns only rose up thanks to a new railroad through the region, and that the towns indicated follow a rather-decent path that perhaps a quickly-constructed railroad might take.

The towns identified below are "best guess" and could be totally wrong.

Towns on Route:

Mount Airy

Caddells Creek (1877) > White Plains (1877)


Judesville > Kapps Mill (1878)

Good Spring (1878)

Cherry Lane

Glade Creek

Sparta (1879)

Laurel Springs

Ore Knob (1874) > Transon (1937)

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