With the 76.5 miles of standard gauge rail and 108 bridges, the train’s arrival in Todd brought change.
“Since the scream of the locomotive broke the silence of those peaceful surroundings a little more than three week ago, the modest little hamlet has taken on new life,” reads the June 24, 1915, edition of the “Locals from Todd” column in the Democrat. People had money in their pockets; it made some people quite well off.
The Creeper departed Abingdon, Va., with freight to be delivered at stops along the line including hardware, shoes, clothing for department stores, dry goods, farm supplies, and other commodities.
A baggage car would carry suitcases, bags of mail from the postmaster, and some freight as well.
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In 1911, according to Mc Guinn’s research, the Norfolk & Western Railway Company bought up 50 percent interest in the Virginia-Carolina, and the line extended to Creek Junction—near the Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina borders. News of the coming railroad regularly occupied the Todd community column in the Watauga County newspaper, The Watauga Democrat. which has just completed the grading of a section of the V. “He and his son who lives nearby, standing in the backyard of the Ray farm, pointed to the hillside where a few stumps remained,” wrote Jones.Abingdon, a town in Washington County in southwestern Virginia, was already a stop along a railroad line from Lynchburg to Bristol in the 1880s, when developer John Imboden, a former Confederate general, set his sights on the small community of Mock’s Mill. our other merchants have also been repairing and painting their store and dwelling which adds much to its appearance.” Dr.He and others bought up land in anticipation of a new railroad coming from Abingdon to this soon-to-be-great-city in the Iron Mountains, where Imboden believed stores of iron ore lay waiting to be unearthed. At the turn of the century, the first leg of the new railroad was complete. through the Beaver Creek country is erecting camps at J. Kirders, 1 1/4 miles below Todd…preparatory to beginning work on the section from Mc Guire to Todd,” stated the column in the July 2, 1914, edition. has built an addition to their already commodious store and have painted it, which gives it the appearance of a city store. Jones’ chronicle of the railroad, a five-page typewritten account published in 1975 and titled “The Abingdon Branch: Recollections of the Early Days of a Railroad Era,” contains a number of remembrances from the old-timers of the day, including Mr.It seems it was common practice for the railroad or other developers to rename villages, towns, and communities as they pleased.Near Whitetop, Va., the Hassinger Lumber Company selected the locale of Azen for its new bandmill, renaming it Konnarock, historian T. Blevins wrote in “A Brief History of the ‘Virginia Creeper.’” A two-mile extension connected Konnarock to the main Virginia-Carolina line at the Creek Junction depot.