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"Roanoke, a city of Roanoke co., Va., on the Roanoke River, 258 miles by rail W. of Norfolk, at the junction of two branches of the Norfolk & Western Railroad. Roanoke is in a live-stock, tobacco-growing, and iron-mining section, and has a large and increasing trade. From a small village in 1880 it has grown to a city of importance, with churches, schools, banks, hotels, an opera-house, a court house, gas- and electric-lights, large machine-shops, canning-factories, bottle-works, a rolling-mill, a tobacco-factory, a spoke-factory, iron-works, locomotive- and car-shops, saw-mills, planing-mills, coffee- and spice-mills, &c. Three daily and 4 weekly newspapers are published here. Pop. in 1880, 669; in 1890, 16,159."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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At the Fair, Roanoke, Va. (1908)

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Jefferson Street, Looking North from Church Avenue, Roanoke, Va.

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Roanoke Valley on the Line of the Norfolk & Western Railway, Virginia.

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  • News  1889 - Henry Paine, a ten-year-old boy of Roanoke, Va., was killed on the 27th by a ball bat in the hands of a young colored companion.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 30, 1889
  • News  1890 - VISITED BY A TORNADO.
    Roanoke, Va., April 10. - The greatest tornado for many years passed over this city last evening.

    The cast house at the Crozier Iron Furnace was... Read MORE...

  • News  1898 - HOTEL AT ROANOKE BURNED.
    Roanoke, Va., July 1. -- The Hotel Roanoke was destroyed by fire this afternoon.
    Loss, $100,000. The Daily Review
    Decatur, Illinois
    July 2, 1898
  • 1906
    Roanoke, an independent city of Virginia, formerly in Roanoke co., on the Roanoke River and on the Norfolk and Western R., 55 miles W. by S. of... Read MORE...

  • 1952 - December 10 - WSLS TV channel 10 in Roanoke, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
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