Thursday, July 3, 2014

72 Railroad Avenue

Eagle Rock, Virginia 

In the early years of the 20th century, Eagle Rock was a prosperous commercial center  By 1940 stores and businesses lined Railroad Avenue, including a bank, depot, hotel, drug store, and bowling alley. In addition to the lime kilns, several light industries operated in Eagle Rock, including an ice plant, stave mill and the Eagle Rock Milling and Manufacturing Company which produced flour and cornmeal.

The town's prosperity ended with the closing of the lime kilns in 1954, and a record breaking flood of the James River in 1985 destroyed most of the few remaining businesses. Today Eagle Rock is quiet and peaceful, except when a freight train rumbles past the empty windows on Railroad Avenue.


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