In June, 1864, General Hunter passed here retreating from Lynchburg. In 1874 Big Lick was incorporated. In 1881, with the junction of the new Shenandoah Valley Railroad with the N.& W., rapid growth began. In 1882 the name was changed to Roanoke; in 1884 it was incorporated as a city. In 1909 the Virginian Railroad operated its first train. In recent years Roanoke became the third city of Virginia.
Geographic Location: Roanoke (City)
Physical Description of Location: 700-754 S Jefferson Street (US 221), near the top of the T intersection with Day Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24011. Marker is on right when traveling north on US 220.
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