In the early twentieth century,
rural electrification in the mountain region of North Carolina was sporadic
and haphazard. Several emerging municipalities in the westernmost counties
of the state found it difficult to find suppliers that were equipped
to sustain the demand while also maintaining reasonable rates. Distribution
into the rugged terrain was expensive and labor intensive, thus it progressed
slowly. Electrification of rural areas increased dramatically with President
Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs. Like the rest of the nation,
this region sought to benefit from these programs that were to bring
[the Appalachian mountaineer] some of the things he needs, like schools
and electric lights.
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