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- From: AThiker@smithville.net (Felix)
- Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2001 18:40:43 -0500
Because of an overwhelming reaction (Thanks Red), here's
that story I was almost talking about...
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Subject: [at-l] History of the AT
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 22:25:52 -0800
History of the Appalachian Trail:
Most folks remember the mid-80's when the Japanese were
everything they could get their hands on in America. Most
unaware that it all started back in the late 19th century.
In August of
1892, a large group of Japanese settled the area now known
Georgia. (This name comes from the fact that the locals had
no idea how
to spell "Tokyo") The Japanese, being entrepreneurs without
began selling their wares: fruits, canned goods, tack. The
known far and wide for its fine stock of many necessities,
and a few
The locals still had trouble communicating with the
Japanese. Some of the
names of the store owner's were so long that they had
letters the locals
had never even seen before, let alone pronounced. So, a
store owner was
generally called by a nickname relative to what his product
owner of the general store was known as "General". The owner
of the bait
shop was "Worm". The owner of the fruit stand was "Apple".
And so on.
Of all the store owners, "Apple" (real name J. Fred
Yamaguchi) was the
most innovative. He decided to start raising and
transporting his own
apples. "Well," thought J. Fred, "anyone can raise apples
shall buy an orchard in the north and bring the produce
here. If I do
this with my own company, I shall cut out the middleman."
was all thought in Japanese. This is a loose translation.)
J. Fred travelled to the north and bought the finest orchard
find. It was in New Hampshire. "Now," pondered J. Fred, "how
will I get
the apples to Toccoa?" After much deliberation, it was
The great railroad was the best way to get the apples from
the orchard in
New Hampshire to the apple stand in Toccoa. Well, the
problem was that no
railroad ran from New Hampshire to Toccoa. What to do?
J. Fred went back to Toccoa and talked to his Japanese
agreed that with a rail linking them with their suppliers in
all the shop owners could carry more products and save on
overhead. A new
rail company was born and land purchasing began.
In their efforts to buy land, the Japanese would tell the
they wanted to put in a 'train rail'. The locals would laugh
at the way
the Japanese would say this. Later, they shortened it to
'"T" rail.' As
the land-purchasing made its way north, across the ridges of
mountains, the clearing of the future railroad began.
Progress was being
made at an astonishing pace.
As is often the case in business dealings such as this one,
some dissention. The land had been purchased all the way to
orchard and the clearing process was nearly complete. Some
of the other
business owners became upset when J. Fred tried to name the
"Yamaguchi Express". So, it was agreed that a compromise was
They wanted a name that would show their pride in their
heritage. The day
the crew clearing the way for the rail reached the orchard
Notch, it is believed), J. Fred unveiled a sign proclaiming
the name of
the new company (This was also on the checks and letterheads
The sign read:
"Apple's Asian 'T'-Rail"
Well, needless to say, this did not meet with the approval
of the others
involved in the company. Before the first section of rail
was laid, the
company disbanded. J. Fred moved to Bastian, VA, where he
had fancied a
mountain girl he had met, and opened a mart. Most of the
rest of the
businessmen moved to Minot, North Dakota and began making
I don't know how the hell the Trail ended up on Katahdin...
Now with FICTION!!!
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