Not a particularly rare poster (it folds out to a one-sided 22″ x 32″ size) and one that has been slightly damaged on one panel (I’m rather good at finding stuff that is “slightly damaged”) by being in contact with some sort of acidic paper. It features 29 black-and-white photos of Southern history from 1830 (even one of a geezery-looking Nicholas W. Darrell) through the mid 50s. Notice there’s no ZIP Code shown.
So, find yourself one of these and “paste these pictures in your railroad scrapbook”.
From 1920 to 1970 my grandparents lived on the West Virginia side of the coal town Amonate, Va. I spent many years watching coal trains. I have always wondered why the railroad did not build a line from Bishop, Va to Tazwell, Va. instead of going the long way down to Richlands, Va. Does anyone know?
My answer would be that the railroads had many things to consider when planning any particular route…terrain, available land and labor, and, of course, the destination…where the coal was. Those guy didn’t needlessly waste money. Carter spent a fortune just going from Elkhorn City to Marion NC.