Pineola, North Carolina

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Unincorporated community
Pineola is located in North Carolina
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°01′42″N 81°53′29″W / 36.02833°N 81.89139°W / 36.02833; -81.89139Coordinates: 36°01′42″N 81°53′29″W / 36.02833°N 81.89139°W / 36.02833; -81.89139
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Avery County
Elevation 3,550 ft (1,082 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28662
Area code(s) 828
GNIS feature ID 1021936[1]

Pineola is an unincorporated community in Avery County, North Carolina. Its boundaries, in general, span a three-mile radius from the intersection of U.S. Route 221 and NC 181.[2] The area was known as "Saginaw" until the early 20th century. In 1814 Pineola is listed as a county in North Carolina.[citation needed]

Pineola is the site of several businesses, including an asphalt plant, a concrete plant, a general store, a sawmill and a small hotel. The Linville River flows through the area, and is impounded by a dam into a small lake for a resort community. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes through the southeast portion of the area.

During the early 1900s, it was the site of a large logging operation and sawmill, owned by the W.M. Ritter Company. The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad ("Tweetsie") operated in the community until 1939, when it received permission from the Interstate Commerce Commission, to abandon Pineola.

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