Lost Buffalo City

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Buffalo City got its name when a company from Buffalo, New York, implemented plans for a massive logging operation of 168,000 acres of ancient cypress and juniper trees in a swampy area of the Dare County mainland in eastern North Carolina in 1888. It was an exciting time as 300 Russians, as well as local black and white men, began to cut timber and lay 100 miles of train tracks for locomotives to transport the logs out of the forest. A town was soon built with approximately 50 houses, a hotel, post office, school, general store, and church. While it was not considered a "city," it was the largest town in Dare County at the time. When the timber boom was over 20 years later and jobs were scarce, the place was the ideal location for making illegal whiskey, and it soon became known as the moonshine capital of the world. Today, nothing remains of the boomtown. The forest has reclaimed the land.
ISBN: 9781467129008
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 201
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
R. Wayne Gray and Nancy Beach Gray, writers and historians of their beloved Outer Banks, selected the best pictures from the Outer Banks History Center and the John Tom Ambrose and George Ambrose collections, many of which have never been published, to tell this story of Buffalo City.
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