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Near Radford in Pulaski County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Settlement

 
 
First Settlement Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Walker, October 19, 2009
1. First Settlement Marker
Inscription.  About five miles southwest is Dunkard Bottom, where Dr. Thomas Walker found a settlement in 1750. The fort there was built about 1756 and was the first fort in Virginia west of New River. The first store and first mill were also there.
 
Erected 1929 by Conservation and Development Commission. (Marker Number K-29.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraForts and CastlesIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1750.
 
Location. 37° 8.769′ N, 80° 36.046′ W. Marker is near Radford, Virginia, in Pulaski County. Marker is on Lee Hwy (U.S. 11), in the median. Located at a crossover. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 741 Warden Court, Radford VA 24141, 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. Page’s Meeting House (approx. 0.4 miles away); New River Bridge (approx. 1.4 miles away); The New River
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(approx. 1.4 miles away); Montgomery County / Pulaski County (approx. 1.4 miles away); Mary Draper Ingles (approx. 1.4 miles away); Westward Migration (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Railroad Arrives (approx. 1.4 miles away); The City by the River (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Radford.
 
Regarding First Settlement. Marker should read “... Thomas Walker founded a settlement ...”. This marker is labled No. KO-1, but it is listed in all the official guide books going back to the early 1930s as K-29. The marker numbered KO-1 in the official guide books is 270 miles away in the Tidewater city of Suffolk and has nothing to do with this marker.
 
First Settlement Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Walker, October 19, 2009
2. First Settlement Marker
First Settlement Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Walker, October 19, 2009
3. First Settlement Marker
Looking south on Route 11
First Settlement Marker (facing north) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, April 2, 2011
4. First Settlement Marker (facing north)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2009, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,175 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2009, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia.   4. submitted on April 4, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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