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Downtown Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Train to Big Lick

 
 
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By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
1. First Train to Big Lick Marker
Inscription.  Nearby, on Nov. 1, 1852, the first Virginia & Tennessee Railroad train arrived in Big Lick (now Roanoke), three years after the company had been incorporated. The track from Lynchburg, Virginia to Bristol, Tennessee, was completed in 1856. In 1870, the railroad combined with the Southside and the Norfolk & Petersburg railroads to form the Atlantic, Mississippi & Ohio Railroad, which became the Norfolk & Western Railroad in 1881. During the 1880s, Roanoke became a rail center. Numerous railroad facilities were located here, including locomotive and rail car manufacturing plants, roundhouses, a large freight yard, a passenger station and the headquarters of Norfolk & Western (1881-1982).
 
Erected by Norfolk Southern Roanoke Employees.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 37° 16.39′ N, 79° 56.472′ W. Marker is in Downtown Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker is on Norfolk Avenue SE west of S. Jefferson Street. Touch for map
First Train to Big Lick Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
2. First Train to Big Lick Marker
The former Norfolk and Western General Office Building is in the background.
. 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. Norfolk & Western General Office Building (within shouting distance of this marker); North Jefferson Street (within shouting distance of this marker); First National Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge (about 400 feet away); Hotel Roanoke (about 400 feet away); Norfolk and Western Passenger Station (about 500 feet away); The Market Square Walkway (about 500 feet away); Colonial National Bank Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown Roanoke.
 
First Train to Big Lick Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
3. First Train to Big Lick Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 902 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 12, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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