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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Roanoke, Virginia

 
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1 Virginia, Botetourt County, Roanoke — Z-216 — Botetourt County / Roanoke CountyArea 548 square miles / Area 305 square miles
Botetourt County Formed in 1769 from Augusta, and named for Lord Botetourt, governor of Virginia, 1768-1770. Buchanan, in this county, was the western terminus of the noted James River and Kanawha Canal. Roanoke Copunty Formed in 1838 . . . Map (db m228098) HM
2 Virginia, Roanoke — K-116 — A Colonial Ford
The Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia to the backcountry of the Carolinas crossed the Roanoke River here at Tosh's Ford, named for Thomas Tosh, in the eighteenth century. Nearby stood Daniel Evans's mill, another landmark on the road. A group of . . . Map (db m14799) HM
3 Virginia, Roanoke — Agatha Strother Lewis/Col. Elijah McClanahan
On the knoll to the northeast is the grave of Col. Elijah McClanahan and his wife, Agatha Strother Lewis. Agatha was the daughter of Col. Andrew Lewis, Jr. and a grand-daughter of Gen. Andrew Lewis, famous Indian fighter and leader of the . . . Map (db m228048) HM
4 Virginia, Roanoke — American Viscose Corp.
The Viscose Company opened this rayon plant in 1917 on 212 acres of land along the Roanoke River that was originally occupied by Native Americans and later was part of the Buena Vista tract owned by George Tayloe before the Civil War. The plant . . . Map (db m191197) HM
5 Virginia, Roanoke — K-162 — Big Lick Presbyterian Church
Scots-Irish Presbyterians arrived in this region in the mid-18th century. Those in the Big Lick community (later the City of Roanoke) built Ebenezer Church ca. 1802 and established Big Lick Presbyterian Church in 1851. Under the leadership of Rev. . . . Map (db m167256) HM
6 Virginia, Roanoke — K-167 — Birthplace of Henrietta Lacks
Henrietta Lacks was born Loretta Pleasant on 1 Aug. 1920 in a house at this site. Her parents, John and Eliza Pleasant, had moved the family to Norfolk Ave. and 11th St. by 1923. After her mother's death in 1924, she lived with relatives in . . . Map (db m228093) HM
7 Virginia, Roanoke — K-128 — Burrell Memorial Hospital
Five African American physicians opened Burrell Memorial Hospital in a house at 311 Henry St. in March 1915. They named it in honor of their colleague Dr. Isaac D. Burrell, who had died in 1914 after traveling by train to undergo surgery in . . . Map (db m172324) HM
8 Virginia, Roanoke — K-117 — Buzzard Rock Native American Settlement
The archaeological sites on the extensive floodplain nearby represent at least ten thousand years of periodic use by Native Americans. The artifacts and evidence from one site suggests that separate villages were occupied there some six hundred to . . . Map (db m14798) HM
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9 Virginia, Roanoke — K-94 — Dr. William Fleming
Born in Scotland in 1728, William Fleming came to Virginia in 1751, and practiced medicine in Staunton before moving with his wife, Nancy Christian Fleming, to Belmont here on Tinker Creek in 1768. Fleming led Botetourt County militiamen and was . . . Map (db m103850) HM
10 Virginia, Roanoke — Endangered Species: The Roanoke Logperch
The Roanoke Logperch (Percina rex) is a small fish native to this area whose presence is an important indicator of the health of the waterways it lives in. It grows no larger than 4.5 inches, and is marked by a green back, and yellow sides . . . Map (db m191306) HM
11 Virginia, Roanoke — Fishburne Park Flagpole
Dedicated to all the Veterans of the ValleyMap (db m3986) HM
12 Virginia, Roanoke — History of Evan Mill and Crystal Spring
Crystal Spring was the main water source for Native Americans and early European settlers of Roanoke. It was known originally as the "Fountain" and the "Big Spring." The first pioneer to use the spring was Mark Evans, a Welshman who migrated to . . . Map (db m172191) HM
13 Virginia, Roanoke — Holton PlazaGovernor A. Linwood Holton, Jr. — 61st Governor of Virginia 1970-1974 —
Early Life: Big Stone Gap Virginia A. Linwood Holton, Jr. was born into a railroad family on September 21, 1923 in Big Stone Gap, Virginia "I can't remember a time when the goal of one day being Governor of Virginia wasn't simmering in the . . . Map (db m244773) HM
14 Virginia, Roanoke — James Alexander Tract Boundary
This tree marked the boundary line of a 150 acre tract of land conveyed to James Alexander for 15 shillings by George III, King of England, August 3, 1771.Map (db m134599) HM
15 Virginia, Roanoke — Lee Highway
. . . Map (db m3761) HM
16 Virginia, Roanoke — McNeil Drive
McNeil Drive is named in honor of Samuel P. McNeil, the leading sponsor and founder of WBRA and educational television of Roanoke and Southwest Virginia. Mr. McNeil served as Chairman of WBRA for 25 years from its beginning in 1966 until he retired . . . Map (db m3755) HM
17 Virginia, Roanoke — K-99 — Mount Moriah Baptist Church
The members of Mount Moriah Baptist Church belong to one of the region's earliest African American congregations, originating in a Sunday school for slaves established in the mid-1800s by Dr. Charles L. Cocke, founder of Hollins College. The group . . . Map (db m17891) HM
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18 Virginia, Roanoke — K-76 — Old Lutheran Church
Tradition has it that the church near by was built where Moravian and Lutheran missionaries preached soon after the Revolution. Here, in 1796, Lutherans held services and, a little later, organized their first congregation in this section. In 1828, . . . Map (db m3763) HM
19 Virginia, Roanoke — Roanoke Memorial Bridge
[Note: Marker consists of two plaques on separate pylons on the bridge's east end. The first is on the south side of the bridge, and the second across the road on the north side.] [First plaque] “Give me liberty or give me . . . Map (db m198616) WM
20 Virginia, Roanoke — The Coffee Pot2902 Brambelton Ave.
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1936Map (db m228094) HM
21 Virginia, Roanoke — The Great Roanoke Fair & Mountain Park
The River's Edge area boasts a vibrant history. Beginning in 1902, the city took pride in The Great Roanoke Fair, which took place every September and was promoted as the best of its kind. All neighboring states were represented. Sheep, swine, . . . Map (db m191200) HM
22 Virginia, Roanoke — The Norwich Neighborhood
Once called "Turkey Bottom," the area now known as Norwich was originally patented by Nicholas Hartford in 1753. The land was later owned by the Hannah family followed by the Persingers in the early 1800s with the first house being built ca. 1825 . . . Map (db m191199) HM
23 Virginia, Roanoke — The Roanoke Star
World's largest man-made star. Erected in 1949 as a symbol of the progressive spirit of Roanoke, Star City of the South. Height of steel structure - 100 ft. Height of star - 88 1/2 ft. Weight of star - 10,000 lbs. Weight of steel . . . Map (db m30336) HM
24 Virginia, Roanoke — Torteras Village Indian Trail
This tablet marks an Indian trail from a Torteras village in the fork of Roanoke River and Tinker Creek, joining the Indian Warrior’s Trail, the Great Path, which passed through Buford’s Gap, the Big Lick, now a part of Roanoke City, and on westward . . . Map (db m134598) HM
25 Virginia, Roanoke — Virginia Western Community College Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to the administrators, faculty and staff whose long-term commitment to VWCC is deeply appreciated.Map (db m4013) HM
26 Virginia, Roanoke — K-122 — Virginian Railway Station
The Virginian Railway's 440-mile main line was completed in 1909 to transport coal from West Virginia to Tidewater. Standard Oil magnate Henry H. Rogers financed the $40 million project with William N. Page as his agent. The Virginian, famous for . . . Map (db m172192) HM
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27 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — 1936 F-20 McCormick Deering Farmall Tractor
• Engine: I4 cylinder generating approx 20 hp at 1,200 rpm • Transmission: manual 4-speed sliding gears • Weight: 4,400 lbs. • Speed: 27.2 mph • Tire sizes: Front - 25 inches; Back - 40 inches • . . . Map (db m172299) HM
28 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — 1952 Squad Wagon
Custom built by the Oren Roanoke Corp., Roanoke, VA for the Roanoke Fire Dept.Map (db m172296) HM
29 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — 412 Jefferson St., SEc. 1912
Commercial building designed by H H Huggins. Once occupied by S&W Cafeteria. Men's clothing firm since 1964.Map (db m208734) HM
30 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Amoco Oil ARA III Tank Car AMOX #9465
Manufactured: 1919 Capacity: 10,027 gallons Top manway Unloading: Bottom outlet
American Railroad Association (ARA) Class III tank car AMOX #9465 was used by the American Oil Company . . . Map (db m172267) HM
31 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Boxley BuildingNational Register of Historic Places
The United States Department of Interior has placed this property on the National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m134662) HM
32 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Celanese Porter Fireless #1
Manufacturer: H.K. Porter Company, 1943 Length: 22 feet Weight: 70,000 pounds (lbs.) Construction Number: 7378 Boiler Pressure: 15 pounds per square inch (psi) Cylinders: 20 inches × 18 inches . . . Map (db m172261) HM
33 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Chesapeake Western ALCO T-6 Diesel-Electric #10
Manufacturer: American Locomotive Company (ALCO), 1959 Power: Diesel-electric Horsepower: 1,000 Cylinders: Straight 6 Length: 45 feet 8 inches Weight: 239,950 pounds (lbs.) Tractive Effort: . . . Map (db m172293) HM
34 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Chesapeake Western DS-4-4-660 #662
Quantity Built: 139 Engine: 4-cycle Model 606 NA Horsepower: 660 Speed: 60 miles per hour (mph) Trucks: 4-Wheel Tractive Effort: 56,500 pounds-force (lbf) Wheel Diameter: 40 inches Length: . . . Map (db m172290) HM
35 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Colonial National Bank Building
This property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark 1927Map (db m14965) HM
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36 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Commerce or Second Street Crossing
2nd Street (earlier known as Commerce Street) crossed the railroad at an angle. This was the main street of the town of Big Lick. Facing the tracks, east is to your right, west to your left; you are looking north. A busy section of the . . . Map (db m172229) HM
37 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Depressed Center Flatcar APWX #1002
Manufacturer: American Car and Foundry Company, 1941 Length: 43 feet 8 inches Weight: 180,000 pounds (lbs.) Capacity: 58,000 lbs. Axles: 4
In addition to being used as a freight car, APWX . . . Map (db m172273) HM
38 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge
Facing the railroad tracks, west is to your left where you see the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge. Originally called the Henry Street Bridge, it spans the tracks to connect historic Henry Street with First Street to the south. The bridge . . . Map (db m134595) HM
39 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Fire Station No. 1c. 1908
Longest continuously operated fire station in Virginia until 2007; almost completely unaltered.Map (db m182889) HM
40 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — First National BankNational Register of Historic Places
This property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark 1909Map (db m134701) HM
41 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — First Train to Big Lick Reported missing
Nearby, on Nov. 1, 1852, the first Virginia & Tennessee Railroad train arrived in Big Lick (now Roanoke), three years after the company had been incorporated. The track from Lynchburg, Virginia to Bristol, Tennessee, was completed in 1856. In 1870, . . . Map (db m16970) HM
42 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Frederick J. Kimball Memorial Fountain
Kimball (1844–1903) was Norfolk & Western’s second president and first chairman. Thanks to his leadership the railroad was headquartered in Roanoke and expanded westward into West Virginia and Ohio. In 1907 this fountain, carved out of . . . Map (db m82189) HM
43 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Giles Brothers Furniture Co.c. 1904
Furniture store until 1933 followed by Glenn-Minnich Men's Clothing: part of Leggett Dept. Store complex in 1960s/70s.Map (db m208732) HM
44 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Graham-White Manufacturing Company
Graham-White was formed in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1914, and moved to nearby Salem in 1950. Heavy rail, passenger rail, truck and bus, and industrial clients rely on Graham-White. The company has partnered with transportation companies and . . . Map (db m172242) HM
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45 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Greene Memorial Church
Greene Memorial Church Erected 1892 has been placed on the National Register of Historical Places by the United States Department of the Interior 2002Map (db m172311) HM
46 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Hotel RoanokeThe David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk
Roanoke’s “Grand Old Lady” stands on the hill overlooking downtown Roanoke. Styled to appear like an old English inn, it was the grand hotel for Roanoke since it opened in 1882. The Hotel was located near the new Union Station and a . . . Map (db m16969) HM
47 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Jupiter Missile
Jupiter was the United States' first intermediate-range ballistic missile. In December, 1955, the Army and Navy announced a dual program to create a land and sea-based intermediate-range ballistic missile. The Jupiter IRBM was designed as a short . . . Map (db m172224) HM
48 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Locomotive Parking Brakes
Before automated hand brakes/parking brakes, setting manual brakes required great physical effort. The brake operator had to use 125 pounds of force on the brake wheel or handle in order to set the brakes. The use of automatic electrical . . . Map (db m172241) HM
49 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Mead Corporation Industrial Locomotive #200
Manufacturer: Plymouth Locomotive Works, 1935 Wheel Configuration: 0-4-0 Power: Diesel Engine: 4 cylinder Horsepower: 69
This little industrial switching locomotive was built by Plymouth . . . Map (db m172275) HM
50 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Mining Train
This small train once hauled many tons of zinc ore from the earth, operating through a tunnel connecting mines in Ivanhoe and Austinville, Virginia. Constructed by the Fulford Company in 1948, the two battery-powered locomotives feature roller . . . Map (db m172305) HM
51 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — N.W. Pugh & Co.c. 1931
Department store built on site of Hancock Dry Goods; art deco facade encased in brick veneer in 1965, restored 2007.Map (db m208733) HM
52 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Norfolk & Western ALCO C630 Diesel-Electric #1135
Manufacturer: American Locomotive Company (ALCO), 1967 Weight: 204 tons Length: 69 feet Height: 15 feet 7 inches Fuel capacity: 4,000 gallons Engine: 16 cylinder, model 251E Horsepower: 3,000 . . . Map (db m172288) HM
53 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Norfolk & Western ALCO RS-3 Diesel Electric #300
Manufacturer: American Locomotive Company (ALCO), 1955 Length: 56 feet 11.75 inches Weight: 247,000 pounds (lbs.) Horsepower: 1,600 Cylinders: 12 Fuel capacity: 1,400 gallons Tractive effort: . . . Map (db m172291) HM
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54 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Norfolk & Western Class A #1218
Built: Norfolk & Western Roanoke Shops, 1943 Quantity built: 43 Locomotive and tender combined length: 121 feet 10 inches Weight: 573,000 pounds (lbs.) Speed: 70 miles per hour (mph) Cylinders: 24 . . . Map (db m172232) HM
55 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Norfolk & Western Class CF Caboose #518302
Manufacturer: Norfolk & Western Roanoke Shops, 1922 Length (coupled): 34 feet 8 inches Crew capacity: 6 Height: 15 feet 1 inch Width: 10 feet 5 inches Weight: 47,000 pounds (lbs.)
A . . . Map (db m172294) HM
56 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Norfolk & Western Class G1 #6
Manufacturer: Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1897 Production era: 1889-1897 Quantity: 7 Length: 57 feet Weight: 120,785 pounds (lbs.) Boiler pressure: 180 pounds per square inch . . . Map (db m172295) HM
57 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Norfolk & Western EMD GP9 #521
Manufacturer: General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD), 1958 Quantity built: 4,015 Length: 56 feet 2 inches Weight: 256,720 pounds (lbs.) Cylinders: 16 Horsepower: 1,750 Speed: 78 miles per . . . Map (db m172298) HM
58 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Norfolk & Western EMD SD45 #1776
Manufacturer: General Motors Electro-Motive Division Quantity: 1,260 Length: 65 feet 8 inches Weight: 402,256 pounds (lbs.) Power: Diesel-Electric Horsepower: 3,600 Speed: 65 miles per hour . . . Map (db m172289) HM
59 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Norfolk & Western Freight Stationc. 1918 — Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation —
Handled N&W freight until 1964, spurring the industrialization of Roanoke.Map (db m172230) HM
60 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Norfolk & Western General Office Building
The brick buildings across the tracks are the former headquarters of the Norfolk and Western. When the railroad was formed in 1881, the headquarters were located in Lynchburg, from the previous company. In 1883 a new office building was first . . . Map (db m134656) HM
61 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Norfolk & Western Railway Post Office Car Class M-1 #93
Manufacturer: Bethlehem Steel Car Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1937 Length: 64 feet 5 inches Trucks: 4-wheel, Roller Bearing
93 was one of nine Railway Post Office (RPO) cars purchased by Norfolk & . . . Map (db m172297) HM
62 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Norfolk & Western Safety Instruction Car #418
Manufactured by the Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company in Worcester, Massachusetts. Donated by Norfolk Southern Corporation in 1987. 1947-1957: Purchased at a cost of $108,000 in 1947, the car began service on the Boston & Maine . . . Map (db m172243) HM
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63 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Norfolk and Western Passenger StationThe David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk
Across the tracks and east is N&W’s last passenger station, now home to the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau and O. Winston Link Museum. The little town of Big Lick changed its name to Roanoke in 1881. In the summer of 1882, the . . . Map (db m15467) HM
64 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Norfolk and Western RailwayThe David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk Reported permanently removed
Today’s Norfolk Southern has a colorful predecessor in both or Roanoke’s railroads. To keep this as simple as possible, we are discussing only the N&W history to its merger with the Southern Railway in 1982. Space prevents mentioning every merger or . . . Map (db m166871) HM
65 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Norfolk Southern Research Car #31
Manufacturer: Pullman Manufacturing Company, 1925 Other names: Pullman Car 2483, Southern R-21
Built in 1925, the Norfolk Southern (NS) Research Car 31 was originally built as a passenger car. In the . . . Map (db m172282) HM
66 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — North Jefferson Street
North Jefferson Street was the core of the Railroad's management center. There were more workers concentrated in this block at one time than the rest of the facilities in Roanoke. The face of North Jefferson is dominated by the N&W influence, with . . . Map (db m134652) HM
67 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Oakey'sc. 1891
Funeral home until 1937. Built for casket maker, John M. Oakey. One of the oldest surving buildings in downtown.Map (db m208731) HM
68 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Operation Fast FreightThe David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk Reported permanently removed
High Speed Freight Locomotive: Class A While the title of one of Norfolk and Western’s company films (top) is appropriate for the mighty Class A 2-6-6-4, they also served in other capacities for the railroad. Designed as the first of the . . . Map (db m166874) HM
69 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Panama Canal Mule No. 686
This rare piece of transportation memorabilia, built by General Electric in 1914, pulled ships through the Gatun, Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Lock stations of the Panama Canal. No. 686 was powered by three-phase, 220-volt, 25-cycle motors geared . . . Map (db m172277) HM
70 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Pennsylvania Railroad GE GG1 Electric #4919
Manufacturer: Pennsylvania Railroad Altoona Works, 1942 Length: 79 feet 6 inches Height: 15 feet Width: 10 feet 4 inches Weight: 475,000 pounds Horsepower: 4,620 Tractive effort: 70,700 pounds . . . Map (db m172240) HM
71 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Power Behind the NationThe David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk Reported permanently removed
Workhorse of the Norfolk and Western: Class Y6 While the sleek class J streamlined passenger locomotives and high stepping Class A locomotives garnered publicity for the N&W; the true workhorse of the Norfolk and Western was the Class Y . . . Map (db m166877) HM
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72 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Rankin Jewelersc. 1920
Romanesque influenced building originally occupied by jewelry store: part of Leggett Dept. Store complex in 1960s/70s.Map (db m208730) HM
73 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Boxcar #2305
Manufacturer: Pullman Standard, 1963 Weight: 71,400 pounds (lbs.) Capacity: 148,600 lbs.
A boxcar is an enclosed railroad freight car. This type of rail car transports goods to consumers. Boxcars . . . Map (db m172244) HM
74 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Roanoke - A Railroad TownThe David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk Reported permanently removed
In recent years, Roanoke has shed its image as a “railroad town” as others have surpassed the railroad as the major employer. However, without the N&W, Roanoke might not have existed. For those who wish to deny the impact of the railroad . . . Map (db m166873) HM
75 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — K-96 — Roanoke City Market
The Roanoke farmers' market is one of the oldest such markets in continuous use in Virginia. In 1882, licenses were issued to twenty-five hucksters. The City of Roanoke's first charter formally authorized a municipally owned market in 1884, and the . . . Map (db m14962) HM
76 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — K-129 — Roanoke Life Saving and First Aid Crew
The Roanoke Life Saving and First Aid Crew, organized in May 1928 by Julian Stanley Wise, is recognized as the first independent, all-volunteer rescue squad in the United States. Wise, motivated by having seen two men drown in the Roanoke River . . . Map (db m172197) HM
77 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Roanoke Milestones
This tablet records the charter dates of The Village of Gainesborough 1835 The Town of Big Lick, 1874 which lay within the present boundaries of The City of Roanoke 1884 And commemorates The Great Path, an Indian Trail, . . . Map (db m134688) HM
78 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Roanoke Railway and Electric Company
Roanoke's rail heritage is not complete without mention of the Roanoke Railway and Electric Company. This company operated the trolley and later the bus system in the Roanoke Valley. Beginning with horse cars in the 1880s, soon trolley tracks ran . . . Map (db m172219) HM
79 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Roanoke ShopsThe David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk Reported permanently removed
The three locomotive types referred to on the nearby panels are part of the larger picture; of course. The Classes J, A and Y locomotives were special. What made these locomotives so special compared to products of the commercial builders of steam, . . . Map (db m15348) HM
80 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Roanoke ShopsThe David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk
The Classes J, A and Y locomotives were special. What made these locomotives so special compared to products of the commercial builders of steam, such as Lima Locomotive Works, Baldwin, American Locomotive Company and other Smaller builders? Aside . . . Map (db m166927) HM
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81 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Roanoke Timesc. 1892
One of the oldest surviving buildings in downtown; second location of the Roanoke Times daily newspaper.Map (db m208729) HM
82 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Roanoke Valley War MemorialDedicated Memorial Day - 1982 — "Lest You Forget" —
Lest you forget — We piled into assault boats bobbing high, and charged amid the thundering roar, meanwhile the winds and dismal rain whipped by to watch us die on Europe's battered bleeding shore! We fought our way . . . Map (db m172310) WM
83 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Robert Edward Lee Reported permanently removed
Superintendent, U.S. Military Academy 1852-1855 Commander, Army of Northern Virginia 1862-1865 Commander-in-Chief, Confederate Armies 1865 President, Washington College 1865-1870Map (db m134668) HM WM
84 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — The David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk
Welcome to Roanoke's David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk. You are at the present western end of the walk which travels to the east past the Amtrak passenger rail platform and alongside of Norfolk Avenue. The walk is named in honor of retired . . . Map (db m172199) HM
85 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — The Finest Steam Passenger LocomotiveThe David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk Reported permanently removed
Passenger Locomotive: Class J The world-renowned Class J 4-8-4 passenger locomotives was completely designed and built in Roanoke. By the mid 1930s, Norfolk and Western was facing heavier passenger traffic due to increased military . . . Map (db m166876) HM
86 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — The Horton Buildingc. 1910
Built by H.W. ‘Uncle Billy’ Horton on site of his livery stables, early tenants included Grand Piano Co. and the Owl's Club, a nip joint.Map (db m208728) HM
87 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — The Market Square WalkwayThe David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk
Above you is the Market Square Walkway, built to connect the Hotel Roanoke with downtown Roanoke, crossing the railroad in safety and comfort. There are two observation platforms to watch rail traffic here. In addition, a number of informative signs . . . Map (db m15468) HM
88 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — The Patrick Henry
This property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark Established in 1925Map (db m134596) HM
89 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — The Wigmore Building
c.1880-1921At the turn of the 20th century Market Street was still a street of private residences. The street, however, was beginning to change as downtown Roanoke began to expand. Homeowners moved out and businesses began to occupy . . . Map (db m183169) HM
90 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Theodore J. "Ted" Edlich, III
Faithfully served Total Action for Progress for 47 years. During his tenure, he served as President and CEO for 40 years. He was instrumental in the establishment of innovative programs that helped transform the lives of low-income individuals, . . . Map (db m208853) HM
91 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Today's Locomotives
During the steam era (through 1960), the Norfolk and Western designed much of its own steam power. With the advent of the diesel locomotives a lot of individuality left railroads across the country. It was an early complaint of railroad fans that . . . Map (db m172227) HM
92 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Today's Rail Traffic
It is difficult to describe the rail traffic one might see here, as virtually anything and everything can be moving. Operating patterns change, traffic that may be there one week is gone the next. So to keep this simple, very little information . . . Map (db m134655) HM
93 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Trailer Train Flatcar #470534 and Sea-Land Containers
Manufacturer: Bethlehem Steel Corporation, 1955 Length: 75 feet Load limit: 121,000 pounds
This flatcar is the forerunner of today's piggyback and container cars. The trailer/container flatcar was . . . Map (db m172271) HM
94 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Virginia Central Porter Rod Driven Locomotive #3
Manufacturer: H.K. Porter Company, 1944 Weight: 45 tons Horsepower: 300
The Virginia Central Railroad was originally chartered in in 1853 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, as the Fredericksburg and . . . Map (db m172259) HM
95 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Virginia Museum of Transportation / Norfolk and Western Freight Station
You are at the western end of Roanoke's Railwalk. Behind you is the former grade crossing of 2nd Street (earlier known as Commerce Street). Directly in front of you is the Norfolk and Western Freight Station, now home of the Virginia Museum of . . . Map (db m172226) HM
96 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Virginian Class SA #4
Manufacturer: Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1910 Quantity built: 5 Wheel arrangement: 0-8-0 Driver diameter: 51 inches Tractive effort: 45,200 pounds-force (lbf) Length: 64 feet . . . Map (db m172308) HM
97 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Virginian GE EL-C Electric Locomotive #135
Manufacturer: General Electric, 1956 Production era: 1955-1957 Length: 69 feet 6 inches Height: 15 feet 10 inches Weight: 348,000 pounds (lbs.) Horsepower: 3,300 Tractive effort: 98,000 lbs. . . . Map (db m172245) HM
98 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Virginian Railway Caboose #321
Manufacturer: St. Louis Car Company, St. Louis, Missouri, 1949 Length: 14 feet 10.5 inches Observation: Cupola Construction: Steel Class: Virginian C-10/N&W C-30
A caboose was a rail crew . . . Map (db m172302) HM
99 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Virginian Railway Class C-10 Caboose #321
Manufacturer: St. Louis Car Company, St. Louis, Missouri, 1949 Class: Virginian C-10/N&W C-30 Length: 34 feet 10.5 inches Height: 14 feet 5 inches Weight: 53,600 pounds Observation: Cupola . . . Map (db m172300) HM
100 Virginia, Roanoke, Downtown — Wabash E8A Diesel-Electric #1009
Manufacturer: General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD), 1951 Weight: 315,000 pounds Length: 70 feet 3 inches Wheel configuration: A1A-A1A Horsepower: 2,250 Engine: 12 cylinder model 567B Top . . . Map (db m172292) HM

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