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  1. How convicts conquered the Swannanoa grade; a chat with railroad historian Steven LittleRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 23, 2015 | Mountain Xpress

    Marion mayor Steven Little brings his one-man historical interpretation of the "railroad convict" to Mars Hill University on Thursday, September 24. One of the more peculiar icons of Americana is that of the "chain gang." Hollywood has popularized the daily life and struggles of convict workers in films such as 1967's Cool Hand Luke and the Coen Brother's O Brother, Where Art Thou? Prison laborers are still seen to this day along highways across America.

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