a leisurely drive just out of the Town of Taylorsville
in most any direction will reveal some of the prettiest views to be
found. The lovely rolling hills of the Brushy Mountains are lined with
apple trees, providing a mouth watering harvest in the Fall. Our countryside
is a patchwork of farms, fields and gardens with homes dotted throughout.
Rocky Face Mountain
granite quarry at Rocky Face Mountain, the easternmost mountain
of the Appalachian Mountain chain can be seen off in the distance
from many parts of the county. Rocky Face Mountain is now owned
by the Felburn Foundation, a nature conservancy organization. Hikers
can enjoy a wide view of the county from on top of the mountain. (Photos from
top of Rocky Face by Stacy Samples)
Alexander Railroad Company's
Railroad Company, a locally owned, operated, and maintained short
line railroad, offers weekday carload freight service along the
Highway NC 90 corridor between Statesville and Taylorsville.
The railroad's offices are located in the old depot in Taylorsville. Photo
of "June Bug" provided by Ben Zachary, third generation
General Manager of the Alexander Railroad Company.
to legend, the railroad's locomotives are painted green and gold
in honor of local attorney and State Senator Romulus Z. Linney's
impassioned speech to N. C. Legislature in 1887 supporting a railroad
charter to extend the existing Charlotte-Statesville AT&O line into
demonstrate the mineral wealth of this route, Linney referred to
the recently discovered Hiddenite stone, claiming, "A well-wintered
June Bug can carry away $1,000 worth of this valuable gem, which
rivals the diamond in sparkling beauty, tied to its hind leg!" The
legislation passed, and the railroad and its locomotives have been
nicknamed "The June Bug" to this day.