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Crozet in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Crozet

 
 
Crozet Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
1. Crozet Marker
Inscription. The town grew around a rail stop established on Wayland’s farm in 1878. It was named for Col. B. Claudius Crozet, (1789–1864)—Napoleonic Army officer, and Virginia’s Engineer and Cartographer—he built this pioneer railway through the Blue Ridge. The 4273 foot tunnel through the rock-solid mountain below Rockfish Gap carried traffic from 1858–1944. His talents were tested in solving safety, drainage and ventilation problems posed by the construction of this tunnel.
 
Erected 1976 by Virginia Historic Landmark Commission. (Marker Number W-170.)
 
Location. 38° 4.173′ N, 78° 42.042′ W. Marker is in Crozet, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker is at the intersection of Crozet Avenue (Virginia Route 240) and The Square (Local Route 1217), on the left when traveling south on Crozet Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Crozet VA 22932, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Rothwell Family ... / Elisha Wm. Robertson ... (approx. 1.4 miles away); Jackson’s Valley Campaign (approx. 2.9 miles away); Miller School (approx. 4 miles
Crozet Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
2. Crozet Marker
Marker is on The Square, a large space between the tracks and a row of storefronts. The former railroad station is across the tracks from The Square.
away); Mirador (approx. 4.6 miles away); a different marker also named Jackson's Valley Campaign (approx. 5.2 miles away); Staunton and James River Turnpike (approx. 5.3 miles away); VDOT Workers’ Memorial (approx. 5.3 miles away); a different marker also named Mirador (approx. 5.6 miles away).
 
Regarding Crozet. The Commonwealth of Virginia built the railroad line that created Crozet, punching through the Blue Ridge mountains with a 0.8 mile (1.3 kilometer) tunnel in 1858. The Virginia Central Railroad was waiting east and west of the Blue Ridge to connect to and take over the state’s undertaking, connecting Richmond with the lower Shenandoah Valley. After the Civil War, the Chesapeake and Ohio built further east and west to tap the coal reserves of West Virginia, and deliver it east to the ports of Newport News and the coal piers on Hampton Roads on the Chesapeake Bay. To the west it reached Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo and Chicago. CSX owns this line now, and a number of other east-west parallel lines. Westbound coal empties, local freight, and Amtrak’s Cardinal long distance passenger train between Washington and Chicago via Charlottesville use these
The Square at Crozet image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
3. The Square at Crozet
Tracks and station are behind the photographer.
tracks today.

 
Also see . . .  Crozet, Virginia. Link is a commercial site with information about Crozet, Virginia. Included is history of the town, its namesake, and the railroads for which the town was established. (Submitted on October 10, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
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Crozet Station, Now the Public Library image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
4. Crozet Station, Now the Public Library
Crozet Station, Now the Public Library image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
5. Crozet Station, Now the Public Library
This view is from The Square.
Crozet AvenueRailroad Overpass image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
6. Crozet AvenueRailroad Overpass
Virginia Route 240 turns the corner here from the left to go under the railroad. The marker is just under the overpass on the left. Beware of the hard-to-see traffic light immediately after the underpass.
Railroad Underpass Murals Plaque image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
7. Railroad Underpass Murals Plaque
The Crozet Community Association and Bob Kirchman, artist, dedicate this mural to the citizens of Crozet. May, 1994.
Railroad Underpass Mural, by Bob Kirchman image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
8. Railroad Underpass Mural, by Bob Kirchman
Railroad Underpass Mural, by Bob Kirchman image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
9. Railroad Underpass Mural, by Bob Kirchman
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,712 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 21, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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