Hanging Rock Battlefield TrailThe rail line later referred to as the Catawba Branch of the Norfolk and Western Railway had its beginnings on March 25, 1902, when the Catawba Valley Railway and Mining Company was approved by the General Assembly of Virginia. This line was typical of the numerous small, single purpose railroads begun in the period from 1880 to 1910. The line was constructed to haul a fine grade of silica sand for glass container manufacturing from the base of Catawba Mountain to a plant located just east of Salem's Norfolk and Western Passenger station. Construction began in Salem in 1906 at the juncture with the Norfolk and Western's main line, and was completed in October 1907. The road measured 9.39 miles in length and operated independently until it was conveyed to the Norfolk and Western by deed on July 30, 1909.
|Placed By||County of Roanoke, the City of Salem, and the Hanging Rock Battlefield and Railway Preservation Foundation|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 5:21am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 585218 N 4130770|
|Decimal Degrees||37.31968333, -80.03820000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 19.181', W 80° 2.292'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 19' 10.86" N, 80° 2' 17.52" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1504-1508 Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail, Salem VA 24153, US|
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