locked Balsam


Mike Pierry, Jr.
 

Returning from a most pleasant photo shoot of GSMR 1702 at Bryson City, NC I turned in to see the "highest track elevation on the Southern" at Balsam. Found where the station once stood and was quite surprised to see the big hotel on a hill above: "The Grand Old Lady". Was this structure built back in the day when folks took the train up into the western Carolina mountains to escape the summer heat? And, was it built by the Southern?

Mike Pierry, Jr.

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