1907 - Pulaski as division point?
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Thu Mar 22 21:01:43 EDT 2007
One DOES have to be careful reading these old news articles!
With the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, we can see the fallacy of many
of these stories. Frequently these stories were created by
businessmen trying to get investors to put their money behind their
projects. Remember that laws regarding fraud and corruption were weak
or nonexistent in those days and flim-flam artists rode from town to
town cheating the locals of their hard earned cash. But even the
locals were not guilt-free. Local leaders would talk up stories of
coming industries or rail connections to get others to come and set
up shop in their towns. The news editors were always happy to print
any outrageous story they were told as long as it sold more papers.
(Gee, some things don't change.)
Pulaski was a significant junction when the NC Extension was in
operation. It is interesting to speculate how the completion of the
planned NC Extension to join up with the Yadkin Valley line would
have affected traffic patterns on the N&W.
At 09:57 PM 3/21/2007, you wrote:
>Not if they had got the NC Extension finished, as they had
>originally planed it.
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>>Coming years after the Ohio Extension was in place, this almost sounds bogus.
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>>>Roanoke Times - March 21, 1907
>>>The following is taken from the Bristol Hearld:
>>>"A railroad man who was visiting in the city Sunday was heard to remark
>>>that there are big things in store for Pulaski, in connection with the
>>>plans of the Norfolk and Western Railway Company. He stated that the
>>>company's purchase of real estate there, extending along the road from the
>>>passenger station for quite a distance, and embracing many acres, meant
>>>that Pulaski is in the near future to be made division headquarters for a
>>>large territory on the Norfolk and Western lines. According to the reported
>>>plans Pulaski is to be the center for running trains in Southwest Virginia
>>>and West Virginia. The construction of a roundhouse and repair shops there
>>>are said to be in contemplation, and the construction as well as large
>>>railway yards in order to accommodate many cars and engines.
>>> If the plans are put into operation, as it is said they will be, Pulaski
>>>will be the diverging point for trains running to Bluefield and the Clinch
>>>Valley region, Bristol, Saltville, Roanoke and Cripple Creek.
>>> Radford is now such a point to the Norfolk and Western road, but it is
>>>said that company was unable to secure such land as needed to make the
>>>necessary extensions and additions.
>>> The company now runs freight trains from Radford to Glade Springs, VA.,
>>>and from the latter point they make the return trip, making up with cars
>>>from Bristol and Saltville.
>>>Transcribed from scans by Ron Davis.
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