Downtown Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Norfolk and Western Railway
The David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk
N&W began with the 9-mile City Point Railroad built 1837-1838 from Petersburg to City Point, Virginia on the James River. IN 1854, City Point merged with South Side Railroad (1854) connecting with the Virginia and Tennessee at Lynchburg. The V&T was being built to Bristol arriving in what would become Roanoke on November 1, 1852.
After the war of 1861-1865, Confederate General William Mahone, builder of Norfolk and Petersburg (1850s), gained control of SS and V&T merging them in 1870, as the Atlantic Mississippi and Ohio, running from Norfolk to Bristol. The AM&O was sold at foreclosure in 1881 becoming the Norfolk and Western Railroad. The road expanded to the West Virginia coalfields in 1882 creating a vast flow of traffic that continues today.
The Shenandoah Valley
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 37° 16.387′ N, 79° 56.339′ W. Marker is in Downtown Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Norfolk Avenue SE and Market Street SE, on the right when traveling west on Norfolk Avenue SE. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Roanoke VA 24011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roanoke - A Railroad Town (here, next to this marker); Operation Fast Freight (here, next to this marker); The Finest Steam Passenger Locomotive (here, next to this marker); Power Behind the Nation (here, next to this marker); Roanoke Shops (a few steps from this marker); Today's Rail Traffic (within shouting distance of this marker); Norfolk and Western Passenger Station (within shouting distance of this marker); The Market Square Walkway (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown Roanoke.
More about this marker. All pictures are Norfolk and Western Railway photos provided for the marker from the collection of Kenneth L. Miller. Their captions follow:
[top right photo]: Artifacts of the early days are not easy to find. A Virginia and Tennessee timetable from 1855 gives an insight in the operations of the day. One passenger rode on a first-class ticket over the Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio from Salem to Big Lick about 1878.
[immediately below the top right photo]: These unusual, decorative depots were constructed in the 1870s and 80s. This one stood in nearby Vinton into the 1970s.
[immediately below and to the left of the top right photo]: Virginia and Tennessee locomotive “Roanoke” probably not long after its construction in 1854. In the early days, locomotives were generally named, rather than numbered.
[The bottom of the marker is a route map and merger history of the Norfolk and Western]
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,364 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 16, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 2. submitted on January 15, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.