Hanging Rock in Roanoke County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Hanging Rock Coal Trestle
Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail
At the turn of the century, most industries utilized a self-contained boiler plant that heated water for steam radiator systems and also provided hot water for hygiene and cooking. Coal was the essential fuel for such systems.
In many cases, coal was delivered directly to the consumer by hopper carloads. The alternative to direct delivery was the transloading facility, of which the Hanging Rock coal trestle is an example. Here the coal was unloaded from the rail car to be trucked to the final destination.
With the advent of oil and natural gas heating systems, coal is now used primarily for the generation of electric power. Most coal is handled in “unit trains” bound for a single destination. The days of single carload coal sales are practically gone due to the significantly higher costs of handling.
The Hanging Rock coal trestle stands as a fine example of a rapidly disappearing piece of American history.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 37° 19.545′ N, 80° 2.542′ W. Marker is in Hanging Rock, Virginia, in Roanoke County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Thompson Memorial Drive (Virginia Route 311) and Kessler Mill Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salem VA 24153, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McCausland Attacks (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Future Presidents In Wartime Retreat (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Hanging Rock (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Hanging Rock (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Morgan Jones (approx. 0.2 miles away); United Daughters of the Confederacy Monuments (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hanging Rock (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanging Rock.
More about this marker. Marker is one of several interpretive signs along the cinder-surfaced, 1.7-mile long Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail that winds along Mason Creek and Kessler Mill Road in Salem, Virginia.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 6, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,735 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 6, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.