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When Lynchburg Was “Lunchburg”

 
 
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Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
1. When Lynchburg Was “Lunchburg” Marker
Inscription.  During the First World War, many people across the country knew Lynchhurg as “Lunchburg.” The City earned this nickname because of its famous Red Cross Canteen Service to soldiers traveling by train through Lynchburg. From 1917 to I919, dedicated and patriotic young women of the Lynchburg Red Cross dispensed food and cheer to thousands of troops at the Southern Railway Station on Kemper Street.

“Lunchburg” became a nationally-recognized canteen (or refreshment) stop because most trains carrying troops from training camps in the South to embarkation ports in the North passed through Lynchburg.

Operating from its “hut” at the Southern Railway Station, the Canteen Service prepared and served light refreshments to servicemen, including coffee, tea, sandwiches, fruit, cakes, and candy. The all-volunteer staff handed out magazines, postcards, and cigarettes, comforted ill soldiers, and treated minor injuries in a small hospital rom. Their smiling faces and words of cheer boosted the morale of American troops headed to war “over there” in Europe.

Lucille McWane Watson,
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Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
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Commandant of the Lynchburg Red Cross Canteen Service, remembered that “during the intense heat of the summer of 1918 a troop train commander wired in for drinking water. When the train arrived, barrels, tubs and coolers full of clear ice water were waiting along the platform, enough for 500 thirsty travel-worn men.”

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkRailroads & StreetcarsWar, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1917.
 
Location. 37° 24.859′ N, 79° 9.495′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Taylor Street and 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Life and Death (here, next to this marker); History of the Stapleton Station (here, next to this marker); Veterans of World War I Buried in the Old City Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Lynchburg, Virginia, 1864 (a few steps from this marker); Station House Museum (a few steps from this marker); Genealogy of Lynchburg's Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); The Duval Holt Orchard (within
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Photographed By Bernard Fisher
3. Station House Museum
shouting distance of this marker); The Dovecote-Columbarium Connection (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
Also see . . .  Station House Museum. Old City Cemetery (Submitted on May 29, 2014.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 644 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   3. submitted on May 27, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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May. 16, 2022