Harold H. Hall, Andrews
The memorial consists of a single granite panel on a single granite base standing approximately five feet high. An etching of Harold H. Hall is at the top of the panel. The remainder of the panel is incised with highlights of Hall’s career that led him to the presidency of Southern Railway.
Images (by Tom Bosse, courtesy of HMdb.org): View of the memorial in Harold H. Hall Park
HAROLD H. HALL / BORN ON APRIL 30, 1926 IN THE NANTAHALA / COMMUNITY OF MACON COUNTY, HE GRADUATED / FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN ANDREWS, AND THEN / SERVED IN THE U.S. NAVY DURING WORLD WAR II.
IN 1943 HE BECAME A TELEGRAPHER FOR THE / SOUTHERN RAILWAY IN NANTAHALA, STARTING A / 44-YEAR RAILROADING CAREER THAT TOOK HIM / FROM THE LOWEST RANKS TO THE TOP OF THE / COMPANY, THE PRESIDENCY, IN 1979.
HE WAS A PRIMARY FORCE BEHIND THE 1982 / MERGER AND CONSOLIDATION OF THE SOUTHERN / RAILWAY AND THE NORFOLK AND WESTERN. HE / WAS SUBSEQUENTLY ELECTED PRESIDENT AND / CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF THE NEW NORFOLK / SOUTHERN CORPORATION AND WAS PRINCIPALLY / RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SMOOTH AND EFFECTIVE / INTEGRATION OF THE TWO RAILROADS. HE SERVED / ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORFOLK SOUTHERN / A WELL AS THE BOARDS OF SEVERAL OTHER / PRESTIGIOUS CORPORATIONS. HE WAS VICE- /CHAIRMAN WHEN HE RETIRED AS AN OFFICER / OF THE CORPORATION IN 1987.
HE ALWAYS CONSIDERED THE MOUNTAINS OF / WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA AS HIS HOME AND / RETURNED TO THEM ON A REGULAR BASIS. UPON / HIS DEATH ON JANUARY 19, 1991, A SPECIAL FUNERAL / TRAIN CARRIED HIM HOME ONE LAST TIME.
Town of Andrews Parks and Recreation
October 22, 1994
35.201930 , -83.825700 View in Geobrowse
“Harold H. Hall,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed February 16, 2022) Link
“Andrews to Dedicate New City Park,” Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC), October 3, 1994
“Harold H. Hall, 64; Ex-Railroad President,” The New York Times (New York, NY), January 23, 1991
“New City Park,” Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC), October 3, 1994
“Parks & Recreation,” Town of Andrews, andrewsnc.org, (accessed February 16, 2022) Link
Valleytown Cultural Arts and Historical Society. The Norfolk and Southern [Railroad] Foundation donated $17,500 of the $35,000 needed for the park and memorial.
The park and memorial combined cost $35,000.
Harold H. Hall Park is located at 33 1st St, Andrews, NC 28901.
The memorial stands in the small, ¾ acre, park with a gazebo, walkways, flagpoles and a scattering of trees with some open lawn.