Lynchburg and Salem Turnpike

Lynchburg and Salem Turnpike (HMCCW)

Location: Bedford, VA 24523
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N 37° 19.032', W 79° 24.927'

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The Lynchburg and Salem Turnpike Co. was incorporated in 1818 to build a turnpike from Lynchburg west to Salem. The road reached Liberty (now Bedford) in 1828 and was completed to Salem in 1836. In Bedford County, covered bridges spanned the Big Otter and Little Otter rivers. The latter bridge remained until 1947. This turnpike, with five tollgates, served as the main thoroughfare in the region until the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad was built in the 1850's. In 1854, the company abandoned responsibility for the road between New London and Liberty and the county took control.
Marker NumberK 131
Year Placed1995
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 4:26pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 640403 N 4131238
Decimal Degrees37.31720000, -79.41545000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 19.032', W 79° 24.927'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 19' 1.92" N, 79° 24' 55.62" W
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Area Code(s)804, 540, 434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5994 E Lynchburg Salem Turnpike, Bedford VA 24523, US
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