Andrews Geyser

Star of the Mountain Railroad

87 pages.     A regional history of the most unique railroad monument in the mountains of western North Carolina.  It includes over 35 photographs taken between the 1890s and 2010.

Col. Alexander B. Andrews was a talented railroad builder and advisor to several NC Governors in the late 1800s.  George Fisher Banker was one of the wealthiest men in America in the early 1900s.  Baker paid for the construction of a “geyser” beside the railroad tracks at Round Knob, in the middle of the remote North Carolina mountains, and he named it for Col. Andrews.

Neither of these men were born or raised in Western North Carolina.  Neither ever lived there.  They were not involved in the construction during the 1870s of the railroad in the area where Andrews Geyser is located.

How were they connected?
Why did Baker pay for this “geyser”?
Is it a real geyser?
Why was it named for Andrews?
Why was it constructed in McDowell County, North Carolina?

Filled with fascinating photographs, Andrews Geyser – Star of the Mountain Railroad tells the well-documented story of Andrews Geyser.  It was published just in time for its 100th anniversary in 2012.

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