Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Spotsylvania's War Eﬀort
Gleaming in the afternoon sun, a year-old rail line runs on top of this railroad bed. To your right and left, the tracks stretch through the fields and woodlots of neighboring farms.
Suddenly, the ground begins to tremble. A black steam engine rumbles into view, pulling a line of railroad cars filled with brassy yellow and dark brown ore.
This track is part of the 17½ mile spur line owned by the Virginia Lead and Zinc Company. Beginning at the Holladay Mine five miles to the north, it transports ore to the Allah Cooper Mine 7½ miles down the track. There, lead and zinc are extracted from the ore and transported the remaining ten miles to Mineral, Virginia. It's then shipped on the C&O Railroad to factoring up north.
The factories are most likely using the lead to make bullets and the zinc for shell cartridges to support the war effort in Europe.
Location. 38° 6.488′ N, 77° 49.815′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from State Park Lane 2.7 miles south of Lawyers Road Touch for map. Marker located on the Railroad Ford hiking trail within Lake Anna State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6800 Lawyers Road, Spotsylvania VA 22551, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fredericksville Furnace (approx. 2.7 miles away); Spotsylvania’s First African American Church (approx. 6 miles away); Social and Economic Richness in the Livingston District (approx. 6.4 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Company 2359 (approx. 8.3 miles away); Jerdone Castle (approx. 8.4 miles away); Clayton's Store (approx. 9.2 miles away); First Contact (approx. 10½ miles away); Richardson and Morton Schools (approx. 10.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2015, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 208 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 8, 2015, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.