The Tragedy at the Cowee Tunnel

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On December 30, 1881, 30 convicts, along with their guards, were shackled and deposited on the banks of the Tuckaseegee River near Dillboro, North Carolina, with a job to do: cross the river in a boat and then start digging out the Cowee Tunnel for the Western North Carolina Railroad.

19 of the 30 didn’t make it across alive.

Today we tell that tragic story.

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