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Ettrick in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Founding of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad

 
 
Founding of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 21, 2021
1. Founding of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad Marker
Inscription.  
The Seaboard Air Line Railroad's origins reached back to 8 March 1832, when the Portsmouth and Roanoke railroad was chartered to connect Weldon, North Carolina, with Portsmouth, Virginia. It was reorganized in 1846 as the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad, and later renamed the Seaboard Air Line System.

During the 1890s, the Seaboard Air Line System developed a passenger service between Atlanta and the northeast, with its headquarters in Portsmouth, Virginia. The Seaboard Air Line also developed a rail line from New York to Florida, building the Main Street Station in downtown Richmond and several segments of new line to create a solid north/south route through central Virginia. This allowed the company to stop using the competitors' lines throughout the Richmond to Petersburg corridor. The Seaboard tracks ran along the east side of the City of Richmond, near Shockhoe Bottom. To avoid vehicle and pedestrian issues, the lines were elevated through much of Richmond, especially south of Main Street Station. A spur of the Atlantic Coast line, located just north of the Appomattox River, ran west of the main Seaboard Line to reach the
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growing suburb of Ettrick.

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Timetables issued by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad and the Seaboard Railway.

Logos used by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, and the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad.

Left: Map of present-day VSU campus showing the historic route of Seaboard Air Line Railway, Courtesy of VSU and Commonwealth Architects

 
Erected by Virginia State University.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 8, 1832.
 
Location. 37° 14.613′ N, 77° 25.018′ W. Marker is in Ettrick, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Dupont Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive, on the right when traveling east on Dupont Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Meridian Ave, Colonial Heights VA 23834, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia State University (approx. ¼ mile away); Amaza Lee Meredith (1895-1984) (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Virginia State University (approx. ¼ mile away); Colonial Heights War Memorial
Founding of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 21, 2021
2. Founding of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Chesterfield Highlands Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Restoration of Vawter Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lafayette's Headquarters (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lafayette At Petersburg (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ettrick.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 23, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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