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History of Roanoke, Virginia, USA

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(Big Lick) (Gainsboro)

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Roanoke, Virginia, USA

Formerly called Big Lick, the town, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, eventually was renamed Roanoke after the river that bisected it. With the arrival of the railroads in the late 1800s, the city and region became a manufacturing and transportation hub and was a gateway to the American West.

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  • 1852 - Big Lick is established


  • 1854 - Big Lick / Gainsboro
    Bio Lick, or Gainsboro, a small post-village of Roanoke county, Virginia, 170 miles W. by S. from Richmond. The Virginia and Tennessee railroad...Read MORE...


  • 1874 - Big Lick is chartered


  • 1882 - Big Lick became the town of Roanoke, and in 1884 it was chartered as the independent city of Roanoke


  • 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...


  • 1895 - Roanoke
    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...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...


  • Roanoke, Virginia, USA
    At the Fair, Roanoke, Va. (1908)
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  • Roanoke, Virginia, USA
    Jefferson Street, Looking North from Church Avenue, Roanoke, Va.
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  • Roanoke, Virginia, USA
    Roanoke Valley on the Line of the Norfolk & Western Railway, Virginia.
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  • 1952 - December 10 - WSLS TV channel 10 in Roanoke, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting

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Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Roanoke, Virginia, USA


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At the Fair, Roanoke, Va. (1908)
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Roanoke, Virginia, USA
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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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History and News of Roanoke, Virginia, USA

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  • 1852 - Big Lick is established
  • 1854 - Big Lick / Gainsboro
    Bio Lick, or Gainsboro, a small post-village of Roanoke county, Virginia, 170 miles W. by S. from Richmond. The Virginia and Tennessee railroad... Read MORE...

  • 1874 - Big Lick is chartered
  • 1882 - Big Lick became the town of Roanoke, and in 1884 it was chartered as the independent city of Roanoke
  • 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...

  • 1895 - Roanoke
    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... 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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