Max Meadows in Wythe County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The railroad station at Foster Falls
The Cripple Creek extension began in 1882 and reached Speedwell in 1906, incorporating Galax. The tracks branched off at Cripple Creek and followed the New River to transport supplies to the Fries textile mill, reaching Fries in 1901. The Foster Falls section was completed by 1886, and the station operated until its close in 1956-57. In 1889 the New River Plateau Railroad Company was absorbed by the Norfolk and Western Railroad Company and became the North Carolina Branch of the Cripple Creek extension. The North Carolina extension was closed in 1985, and later donated to become the New River Trail.
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Location. 36° 53.063′ N, 80° 51.363′ W. Marker is in Max Meadows, Virginia, in Wythe County. Marker can be reached from County Road 623 0.2 miles west of Foster Falls Road (County Road 608), on the right when traveling west. Marker is mounted on the east platform railing of the subject building. The former railroad depot is near milepost 24 on the New River State Trail rail trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Max Meadows VA 24360, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jackson’s Ferry and Shot Tower (approx. 1.1 miles away); Shot Tower at Jackson's Ferry (approx. 1.3 miles away); The New River (approx. 1.4 miles away); Austin's Birthplace (approx. 2.4 miles away); Carroll County / Wythe County (approx. 2˝ miles away); Fincastle County (approx. 2.6 miles away); To Mark The Site of The Lead Mines (approx. 4˝ miles away); Wythe County/ Carroll County (approx. 4.9 miles away).
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1. New River Plateau Railroad ("Cripple Creek Extension"). Construction started at Martin's Tank, a small stop on the Norfolk and Western Railroad, and headed upstream along the New River. The track reached the charcoal-fueled iron furnace at Foster (Submitted on September 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. The Cripple Creek Extension. The line was abandoned under N&W ownership in 1985. Today, the right-of-way serves as the New River rail-trail. (Submitted on September 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.