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HNWR188

FILES

HNWR188.jpg

Dublin Core

Title

HNWR188

Description

Frederick J. Kimball was one of the most forward-thinking of the early N&W presidents. He was so respected, the citizens of Big Lick voted to change its name to Kimball in his honor. He declined and suggested the location be called Roanoke, which it became in 1882. At 38, he was president of the Shenandoah Valley Railroad when he was tapped to be the N&W's first chief operating officer. He then served as the N&W's president or chairman for 20 years, from 1883 until his death in 1903. Kimball was interested in the coal fields of West Virginia and on a weekend trip in May 1881, Kimball, his wife, and others journeyed to the state. At Abb's Valley, Kimball turned to his wife and uttered the greatest understatement in N&W history: "This may be a very important day". Kimball's wife suggested the vein be called "Pocahontas".

Creator

unknown

Source

Images of Rail: Norfolk and Western Railway by Nelson Harris

Date

unknown

Contributor

Nelson Harris; Virginia Museum of Transportation

Rights

Please contact the Virginia Room at 540.853.2073 for permission to use.

Format

Digital tiff

Type

Still Image

Identifier

HNWR188

Citation

unknown, “HNWR188,” Virginia Room Digital Collection, accessed July 5, 2020, http://www.virginiaroom.org/digital/document/HNWR188.