Roanoke Belt Line Right-of-Way Question

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Wed Oct 23 15:15:08 EDT 2019

Mr. Stephen Warren may be the authority on this matter but . . .


The Rohrer Iron Co right-of-way is simultaneous with the Roanoke Belt Line only form a point approximately where Murray Run joins the Roanoke River (street-wise see Brandon Ave. and 23rd St SW) to Wasena. That cuts your distance in question to about half.


John Garner


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Subject: Roanoke Belt Line Right-of-Way Question


A thought just occurred to me...


Might the N&W, in constructing its Roanoke Belt Line, have acquired by purchase, from the surviving interests of the Rorer Iron Company, the Rorer right-of-way between Franklin Road and Wasena, in Roanoke?


That is a distance of approximately 4600 feet, depending on where one fixes the end points.


Given the topography, there is not much question that the Roanoke Belt Line is situated virtually smack-dab on top of the old Rorer right-of-way between these points.  The question is, how and from whom did the N&W acquire the land?


It would be interesting to see the dates of purchase for the various real estate parcels on the Roanoke Belt Line, and to see if they were acquired by purchase in fee, or by condemnation.  Given that the N&W owned and controlled everything in Roanoke, my guess is that the parcels were acquired by purchase without litigation.


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