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"Wells Viaduct" which later became known as "North Broad Trestle" was constructed from 1915 to 1919 and was named for the chief engineer of the project W H Wells. It was constructed across a valley of the North Broad river, two miles west of Toccoa and one half mile west of what was known as the "North Broad Curve", due to a straitening and double tracking project. "North Broad Curve" was located at a point where the single track crossed North Broad river as it turned south, on what is now known as Rock Quarry Circle, towards Currahee Mountain. The new double tracks reconnected to the original route near Ayersville. The original railroad was constructed between 1871 and 1873 and was know as "Airline-Railway". "North Broad Trestle" spans 1500 feet and is 202 feet above North Broad river. It is the highest trestle on the line between Washington, DC and New Orleans, La. At the time of its construction, it was the first trestle using "The Hollow Core Concrete Pier" method. Six water barrels were located along each side of the trestle beside the double tracks. These were placed there to hold water to be used to extinguish fires caused by hot coals falling, from the steam engines, onto the wood crossties. During World War Two the trestle was guarded by armed guards who were stationed around the clock in guard shacks on either end. Over the years, even though it was unauthorized and highly discouraged to do so, locale teenagers and young adults have been drawn to this structure to view it. The trestle can now be safely viewed from a public viewing area located off GA Hwy 365 in "The Trestle Falls" development.
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