RALEIGH, April 16— In these modern days of large financial deals, both public and private, I is interesting to note that North Carolina's first railroad was built here in Raleigh at a cost of less than $3,000.
This little line ran from the Capitol Square to a stone quarry on the east side of Raleigh, a distance of one and one-quarter miles, and was built to haul stones from the quarry for the construction of the Capitol Building.
The line was built in 1833 at a cost of $2,700 and was named the "Experimental Railroad." Horses and mules furnished the power to pull the cars along the track.
The present-day reader will think little of this "engineering feat," as it was called; however, the railroad was considered a great wonder at the time it was built. It soon became Raleigh's chief tourist attraction, and people came from miles around to see it operate.
Source: Rocky Mount Evening Telegram, 4/17/1955