Martinsville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Dick & Willie Passage
— Smith River Trail System —
Though rail passenger service on the Dick and Willie ended in 1949, just as diesel engines began to serve the line, portions of the railroad are being traveled again as a recreational trail, connecting communities and families to each other and to the landscape.
Dick & Willie with passenger car Photo from the collection of Kenney Kirkman<
Employee rail passes Images courtesy of Bassett Historical Center
Erected by City of Martinsville Department of Parks & Recreation, Henry County Parks & Recreation,
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 36° 41.301′ N, 79° 50.116′ W. Marker is in Martinsville, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Fisher Street and Fishel Street (Virginia Route 174), on the right when traveling east. Access the trail from the Fisher St parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 815 Fisher St, Martinsville VA 24112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Connecting Communities (approx. half a mile away); Dry Bridge School (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Dick & Willie Passage (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named The Dick & Willie Passage (approx. 1.3 miles away); Changing With Industry (approx. 1.6 miles away); DeShazo's "Silo" (approx. 1.8 miles away); Traditions to Celebrate (approx. 1.9 miles away); Martinsville's Early Textile Mills (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Martinsville.
Also see . . .
1. Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail. Official Tourism Site for Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia (Submitted on September 9, 2022.)
2. Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail. TrailLink (Submitted on September 9, 2022.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2022, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 9, 2022, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.