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Polk County History Museum

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Polk County History Museum

The Polk County History Museum in Columbus, NC, comprises a fine collection of historic artifacts that tell the story of Polk County, including an early 1800's stage coach, antique farm tools and implements, a school display, a home setting, a doctor's office, a beauty parlor and many pictures from the past. In addition, the museum's research desk can provide assistance with genealogical searches. The museum has a gift shop with variety of items including vintage postcards, Polk County History Book, Polk County Cemetery Census and more.

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House of Flags Museum

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House of Flags Museum

This unique educational museum was opened on September 8th 2001, in response to local citizen’s desire to instill respect and etiquette for the flag of the United States of America. As the flag collection grew to over 300 different flags the history education role of the Museum also grew. All flags are full-size faithful reproductions accompanied with detailed descriptions of their story. And, every flag has a story to tell. Self-guided tours or narrated tours are available in this fully handicap accessible facility in downtown Columbus, North Carolina.

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Trackworkers

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Old Fort and the Railraod

Terrell Finley on the History of Old Fort and the Railroad Mountain Gateway Museum Old Fort, NC www.gatewaytotheblueridge.com

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Steve Little- McDowell County Railroad Part One

Steve Little, Mayor of Madison McDowell County Railroad.

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Steve Little- McDowell County Railroad Part Two

Steve Little, Mayor of McDowell County McDowell County Railroad

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Steve Little- McDowell County Railroad Part Three

Steve Little, Mayor of McDowell County McDowell County Railroad

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The Coming of the Railroad Changed Mountain History

Prior to the Civil War, North Carolina had embarked on establishing a railroad line across the middle of the state that would evenutally conquer the Blue Ridge Mountains and reach the Asheville area.

However, the damage done to the rails and construction during the war postponed the effort until the mid-1870s, when work on the railroad at last brought the line as far as the tiny village of Old Fort, at the foot of the Blue Ridge. 

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