The Railroad and Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

Biltmore Ashville North Carolina

There are many great mansions in the United States of America.  One of the greatest mansions is Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina.  Built by George Washington Vanderbilt III between 1889 and 1895, it is the largest privately owned house in the United States.  When George passed away in 1914, his family continued to live there until 1930 when the mansion was opened for public tours for the first time.  With its gardens, two high-end hotels, and Antler Hill Village and Winery, Biltmore is a major attraction, and today the estate welcomes more that 1.5 million guests each year.

Now some of you are saying, “Wow!  That is a cool thing.  The Biltmore mansion is so amazing.  It is one of the most beautiful places in the world, but there is one big problem.  Biltmore has no railroads.  Because there are no railroads here and the fact that this place has…

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