Nearby, on 1 Nov. 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 to Bristol, Tennessee, built largely using slave and Irish immigrant labor, was completed in 1856. In 1870, the railroad combined with the Southside and the Norfolk & Petersburg Railroads to form the Atlantic, Mississippi & Ohio Railroad, which became the Norfolk & Western Railroad in 1881. During the 1880s, Roanoke became a rail center. Numerous railroad facilities were located here including locomotive and railcar manufacturing plants, roundhouses, a large freight yard, a passenger station, and the headquarters of Norfolk & Western (1881-1982).
Geographic Location: Roanoke (City)
Physical Description of Location: Marker location is an estimate at the time marker was approved by DHR. Actual location will be updated when marker is cast and erected.
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