Chilhowie, VA area question

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Wed Sep 1 17:35:43 EDT 2004

Not to break your thread on Chilhowee but I was looking at a V&T map on the
Library of Congress site and saw a location of 'Mount Airy'. This appears to
be around where Crocket is today - west of Wytheville. Is this right or did
Mount Airy disappear? It is interesting that Pulaski, Dublin, Radford or
Cambria (among others I'm sure) are not named as of the map date. Can't find
Chilhowee either! You can see it at:

click: Railroad Lines, then: Shenandoah Valley Railroad
<>  then:
Virginia & Tennessee.
I couldn't get a direct link, to the map,to work today so this is the safe

BTW, if you see this Mr. Jeffries, Ingles Bridge is shown at Radford (oops,
Central Depot).
Charlie Long

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In response to a question posted on the list a couple months ago by Andre
Jackson about the industries and rail needs of Chilhowie, Virginia, I have
done some research and found the following:

Chilhowie was served my three major local businesses.  One of the largest
for its day was the Bonham Apple Orchard, which had thousands of acres of
apple trees.  It was quite an event at harvest time, and the N&W shipped out
tons of them every year.  I don't know what kind of car would have been used
though.  Another business was operated by Fount Berry (predecessor to Berry
Iron & Metal and Berry Home Center), and his business was dealing with
herbs, fur, and rabbits.  Its my understanding that rabbits were shipped to
the big cities by the thousands during the depression as a source of food.
Mr. Berry's herb business was also partnered by a man name of Greer (or
Greear) in Marion, and together they had one of the largest herb businesses
in the U.S.  The last major one I have found record of is the Rouse fuel and
feed company (name may not be correct).  Mr. Rouse had the grain silos at
his business, and operated a feed sup ply for the area.  All this feed was
delivered by rail.  The feed would be mixed and delivered to the customers.
He also dealt in grain, which also was received by rail and stored in one of
the silos.  This grain was hauled to the Riverside Mill and Wilkinson's Mill
on the South Fork of the Holston river, as well as others I'm sure.  He also
dealt in coal and fuel oil, and eventually petroleum products as coal went

I have also found a Chilhowie Lumber Company, and it headed toward
Saltville.  More to come on this later...

Ben Blevins

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