George Lafayette Carter

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George Lafayette Carter (1857-1936) was an American entrepreneur.

Biography[edit]

George L. Carter was born near Hillsville, Virginia on January 10, 1857.[1][2][3][4] He owned land in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.[1][4] For example, he owned the land on which East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee was later built, and land in Bristol, Tennessee.[2][5][4] He also created and owned the company towns of Coalwood, West Virginia and Caretta, West Virginia.[1][3][4] He bought some rail tracks and created the Clinchfield Railroad.[2][5]

In 2007, the George L. Carter Railroad Museum opened on the East Tennessee State University campus.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Homer Hickam, We Are Not Afraid: Strength and Courage for Our Nation from the Town of "October Sky", HCI, 2002, pp.13-15 [1]
  2. ^ a b c d Johnson Depot
  3. ^ a b Coalwood history
  4. ^ a b c d West Virginia culture
  5. ^ a b Carter museum