Yeah, It’s Tweetsie

You know I’d post Tweetsie some time or other.  So, here goes:
 

Built in 1957 up near Greer Branch north of Blowing Rock, Tweetsie Railroad is a popular destination (more on that later).  This shows old (1917/Baldwin/9-6-0) #12, formerly of the fabled ET&WNC railroad.  The card is from the early 60s.

Here’s what it enthusiastically states on the back:
“TWEETSIE’S LOCOMOTIVE #12, CROSSING DEAD HORSE TRESTLE: Tweetsie Railroad; Eastern America’s most exciting travel destination.  Full size steam locomotives daily carry fun loving tourists thru three miles of scenic mountains, where trains are attacked by renegade Indians and robbed by outlaws.  Authentic western town features live entertainment at Tweetsie Palace, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Blowing Rock, North Carolina.”

For the deltiologists:
Color-King Natural Color Cards, W. M. Cline Co., Asheville, N.C.  Inventory number 14958A
Photogaphed in Natural Color by Jack W. Bowers (who was, apparently, a quite popular photographer in Asheville)

Found several of these cards in an unlikely little antique/car repair shop near Asheville.

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