"Castle Rock Branch" off the Roanoke & Southern ... ?
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Thu Nov 9 23:02:53 EST 2017
Note to AB: Not the same mine we were discussing earlier. Cranium
Note to Gordon: Thanks for the explanation. I found Castle Rock Road
(Google-izing) but Mud Lick was way north of 419. Is there another section?
On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 10:47 PM, CW Long <cwlongjr at gmail.com> wrote:
> AB et al:
> Wasn't that the mines that showed up on a minerals map or old USGS we were
> Charlie Long
> On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 7:46 PM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org>
>> This short-lived branch passed about 0.5 miles from where my home is
>> located in Southwest Roanoke County (but long before this neighborhood was
>> developed). The branch left the Punkin Vine somewhere near where
>> present-day VA 419 passes under the track, and its route is roughly
>> followed by VA 419 today until the point where the branch crossed Mud Lick
>> Creek, where I seem to remember reading that a ore washing plant was
>> located. The branch continued from the creek up grade to the ore mines
>> along about where Castle Rock Road runs today. Until developers chopped
>> down all of the trees to build dwellings named ironically "McVitty
>> *Forest*," and especially moved a lot of earth around, it was possible
>> to see the branch right of way where it approached Mud Lick Creek on its
>> way to the mines.
>> Gordon Hamilton
>> On 11/9/2017 4:12 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:
>> Annual Report No. 13, for the year ending 1-31-1893, mentions the "Castle
>> Rock Branch" :
>> "The Roanoke & Southern Railway, leased by your Company, completed its
>> Castle Rock Branch, 2.79 miles in length, to an iron ore deposit, from
>> which extensive shipments are now being made."
>> Anyone know where this branch was located? My guess is that it was north
>> of Martinsville, as there never seems to have been any ore development
>> south of there.
>> -- abram burnett
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