Downtown Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Norfolk and Western Passenger Station
The David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk
The little town of Big Lick changed its name to Roanoke in 1881. In the summer of 1882, the N&W completed a Union Station located between the tracks of the Shenandoah Valley Railroad (to the north) and the N&W (to the south) located approximately in front of the Hotel Roanoke. The pressed brick station, two buildings under one roof, was styled to coordinate with the other railroad-owned buildings here.
A replacement station, located on the site of the present depot opened June 29, 1905 (see below). This refers to the vintage postcard of the 1905 Union Station
In early 1941 remodeling was planned but war stopped progress. With war ending in 1945, remodeling came back to the surface. Architect Allmon Fordyce of Raymond Lowey and Associates of New York provided plans for a modernistic remodeling. However, with steel and other materials in short supply after World War II, construction did not begin until February 1948. The restyled building opened April 1, 1949.
Link’s work, mostly at night, is a masterpiece of synchronized flash photos of trains and people, all carefully posed, depicting a vanished American era. The photos Link made on the N&W between 1955 and 1960 are highly acclaimed and known world wide. The Museum is a world class experience and opens daily, excepting some holidays.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers • War, World II.
Location. 37° 16.387′ N, 79° 56.369′ W. Marker is in Downtown Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker is on Norfolk Avenue SE west of Market Street SE, on the right when traveling west. 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 The Market Square Walkway (here, next to this marker); Today's Rail Traffic (a few steps from this marker); Hotel Roanoke (within shouting distance of this marker); Roanoke - A Railroad Town (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Fast Freight (within shouting distance of this marker); The Finest Steam Passenger Locomotive (within shouting distance of this marker); Power Behind the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Norfolk and Western Railway (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.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,652 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 20, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 9. submitted on April 4, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.