"Castle Rock Branch" off the Roanoke & Southern ... ?
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Thu Nov 9 23:37:28 EST 2017
My bad. You were saying Mud Lick Creek and not Mud Lick Road.
On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 11:02 PM, CW Long <cwlongjr at gmail.com> wrote:
> AB, Gordon:
> 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?
> Very interesting!
> Charlie Long
> 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 discussing?
>> Charlie Long
>> On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 7:46 PM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org
>> > wrote:
>>> 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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