From Don Bailey’s research we’ve been able to ascertain some of the events of 1920. His collection of over twenty-five-hundred clippings from the Forest City Courier and other papers has revealed to us a little of what Cliffside was like in that long ago time.
A look at Cliffside in 1910. More than 2,000 Cliffside citizens were counted in the Federal Census that year. You can find them individually by name or browse the lists by street, and read about the town and its people as they were over a century ago.
Back in 2005 we put up a feature on the Train Shooters, the railroad/photography enthusiasts who disguised the old locomotive #40 for a day as if it were still a Cliffside engine. (The CRR sold it in 1966 to the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, an excursion operation in Pennsylvania.) We’ve just enlarged the story with a couple of videos, one showing the recent restoration of old 40. It has some terrific shots of the engine in the shop and on the road. Just click the Videos tab on the Train Shooters page.
A booger story: Way back yonder, in 1931, some kind of strange animal kept scaring Cliffside citizens. Brave hunters tromped through the woods, hoping to rid the town of this mysterious creature. Would they succeed? Was there more than one? Read on.
When you’re 94 years old will you skydive from 14,000 feet? James O. Harris, formerly of Cliffside, did just that. And he landed safe and sound. His daughter Jenna Dee also jumped. See the story and pictures about this daring feat.
You say you like history? How about the history of “Broad River” music (as Ben Humphries calls it), about the musicians who lived among us a long time ago, who passed along their style of playing to the likes of Earl Scruggs. Read Bob Carlin’s Roots of Earl and Snuffy: Searching for the Banjo Along the North/South Carolina Border in History » Articles. And at the bottom of the “About the Author” page there’s a nice video of John Hartford’s “The Boys from North Carolina.”