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The Railroads In Historic Towns Dictated What Was The Front And What Was The Back Of The Stores ~ bob johnson
It was the railroads that created, nurtured and determined whether small, now historic towns, survived or died. The railroad was the source of commerce arranging for the shipment in of goods needed and providing a way to take local goods and move them to the buyers. This was especially so in the South, which lacked large centers of populations. As the railroad went, literally, so did the success of the town.
One charming town, only one mile from Raleigh, is the original home of Wake Forest University, Wake Forest, N.C. Visitors, even most residences, do not know in the charming historic downtown district that the front of the stores is actually the back of the stores originally. It was planned that way, not because of any architectural concerns but because the railroad tracks were on the other side. The railroad continues today driving slowly through town, occasional whistle blowing, and the charm survives. Enjoy this video furnished by The Cotton Company describing the process of "turning the town around"!!
Bob & Elizabeth Johnson