Roanoke News

Roanoke Boasts a Unique Rail Past

Roanoke Boasts a Unique Rail Past

2nd Oct 2011 Press Release Tourism News Rail 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.