Blacksburg in Montgomery County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
William Addison Caldwell
walked 26 miles to enroll here in 1872
as the first student. The popular cadet
majored in agriculture and worked as a
teacher, clerk, and salesman before his
death in 1910.
Donated by the Class of 1956
Sculpture by Lawrence Reid Bechtel
Erected 2005 by VPI Class of 1956.
Location. 37° 13.832′ N, 80° 25.231′ W. Marker is in Blacksburg, Virginia, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Stanger Street 0.1 miles north of Drillfield Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg VA 24060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John McLaren McBryde (within shouting distance of this marker); Paul Ernest Torgersen (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roy Jay Holden (about 500 feet away); Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel (about 600 feet away); John Houston Squires (about 700 feet away); William MacFarland Patton (about 700 feet away); Lingan Strother Randolph (approx. 0.2 miles away); Earl Bertram Norris (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blacksburg.
Related markers. list of markers that are related to this marker. Use the “map all markers shown on this page” link on the list to see the terrain Add and his brother Mic crossed to reach Blacksburg.
Also see . . .
1. Looking Back - Glimpses of the Life of Virginia Tech's First Student. University Archives of Virginia Tech (Submitted on May 31, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. William Addison Caldwell: First Student to Register. Virginia Tech Students and Alumni (Submitted on May 31, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Virginia Tech unveils statue of first student (pdf file). New River Current, the Roanoke Times, October 21, 2005 (Submitted on May 31, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.