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Salem, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lynchburg and Salem Turnpike

 
 
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By Kevin W., November 24, 2007
1. Lynchburg and Salem Turnpike Marker
Inscription. The Lynchburg and Salem Turnpike Co. was incorporated in 1818 to construct a turnpike from Lynchburg west to Salem "to establish a communication between Lynchburg [to Salem] and the western part of Virginia." It was funded by stock bought by the state as well as the public. The road reached Liberty (now Bedford) in 1828 and was completed to Salem in 1836. This turnpike, with five tollgates, served as the main thoroughfare in the region until the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad was built in the 1850s. In Sept. 1873, the commonwealth sold its shares of the turnpike stock at auction.
 
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-79.)
 
Location. 37° 17.563′ N, 80° 2.686′ W. Marker is in Salem, Virginia. Marker is on Lynchburg Salem Turnpike near Idaho Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salem VA 24153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Andrew Lewis (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); To honor our Confederate Soldiers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Andrew Lewis’ Grave (approx. ¼ mile away); Sgt. James Walton
Lynchburg and Salem Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 24, 2007
2. Lynchburg and Salem Turnpike Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); East Hill Cemetery North (approx. 0.3 miles away); World War 1917 - 1919 Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Roanoke County Confederate Monument (approx. half a mile away); General Andrew Lewis of Salem (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salem.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 992 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 1, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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