Almond on the route

Taking the Train: Almond

Swain County, N.C.
Altitude: 1,590 feet

Text excerpted from The Western North Carolina Section at a Glance, 1912 (pp. 38-39):

"This is the location of what, in the future, promises to be really important lumbering and mineral operations. A postoffice is located here which serves the surrounding mountain territory three times each week with mail by rural carriers. The Nantahala Valley, in which the village is located, is marvelously fertile, and contains some of the best agricultural lands in this part of the State. While much of this land is under cultivation at present, thousands of acres of it yet are awaiting the hand of the husbandman to put it in blossom. Scarcely half a mile beyond Almond, the Railway, for the fourth time, crosses the Nantahala River, thence making a graceful curve, almost in the shape of a horseshoe, to the small station of Judson, 81.2 miles from Asheville and 41.9 miles from Murphy. A few hundred yards beyond Judson, which is merely a way station, is the new station of Whiting, N.C."

Almond in the 1890s

To the West: Hewitt directions To the East: Whiting

Almond in the 1930s

Return to the Southern Railway Map for the 1910s

Text excerpted from 1912 travel guide, The Western North Carolina Section at a Glance. Issued by the Passenger Traffic Department, Southern Railway, Premier Carrier of the South, Washington, D.C., 1912.

Sources & Readings

  • George, Michael. Southern Railway’s Murphy Branch. Collegedale, Tenn.: The College Press, 1996.
  • Huddleston, Dale, ed. Swain County, N.C., Centennial, 1871 – 1971: Official Souvenir Centennial History. Waynesville, N.C.: The Mountaineer, [1971].
  • Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society. The Heritage of Swain County, North Carolina, 1988. Bryson City, N.C.: Swain County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1988.