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Roanoke Boasts a Unique Rail Past

Roanoke Boasts a Unique Rail Past

2 October 2011 Press Release Tourism News Rail & Coach News

Rail lines weave romantically throughout Roanoke, tying the town to ports and portals, far from the beckoning Blue Ridge. Once a place called “Big Lick,” Roanoke took its present name - for an Indian word meaning “shell money” - not long after the railroad arrived in western Virginia in the 1850s.