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Atlantic & Yadkin Railway

History &


Bear Creek (milepost CF 113.3)


Bear Creek appears to be just a station stop on the CF main line, despite having a depot. It is an unincorporated area in southwest Chatham county named after the nearby creek. Bear Creek was originally named Richmond after Richard Jones who opened a business in Bear Creek in 1885. Other than this from the Chatham County Chamber of Commerce, I have not found out much about it's history at this point.

The ICC valuation reports indicate that there is a depot. Unfortunately, I do not have dimensions and/or drawings of this station.  In addition to the depot, there were two section houses (see large version of track diagram for relative locations).

Track Diagram

An image from the ICC valuation maps gives a fair idea of how the track and depot were laid out. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger detailed image.

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A Southern Railway Shippers Guide from 1916 does not have any record of an industry at Bear Creek using the A&Y for delivering and receiving products by rail.


Goods Shipped

Company Name

Odds and Ends

I don't know anything much about Bear Creek.  If you know anything about this town or the businesses and industries that might have used the railroad for shipping or receiving products, please let me know.





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