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Rockledge Inn on Mill Mountain.

FE304 Observation Tower.jpg
The first observation tower on Mill Mountain was constructed in 1910 and destroyed by a violent wind storm in 1914. It was replaced shortly thereafter by another observation tower, which burned in 1936.

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A view of Mill Mountain showing a relatively undeveloped foreground.

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A view of Mill Mountain. Building in foreground was the Adams, Payne, Gleaves, Livery Stable No. 2. Abandoned by the time of this photograph, it is used to promote the purchase of war bonds.

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The second observation tower once atop Mill Mountain. The first observation tower was destroyed in a wind storm in 1914. This tower replaced it until 1936, when it was destroyed by fire. George Davis at left.

FE052 Mill Mountain.jpg
A view of Mill Mountain. Roanoke Hospital, the Mill Mountain Incline, and the observation tower are all visible.

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Mill Mountain Incline.

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This view shows strollers atop Mill Mountain. The top of the mountain had park grounds and trails and was a popular destination with the incline and the watch tower.

PC 119.10 Rockledge Inn.jpg
"Rockledge Inn, Roanoke, Virginia."

PC 119.7.2 The Loop.jpg
"The Loop on Mill Mountain, Roanoke, Virginia."

PC 119.7 The Loop.jpg
"The loop on Mill Mountain. A stretch of the magnificent concrete, which winds up the sides of Mill Mountain at Roanoke, Virginia. The mountain, approximately 2,000 above sea level, is in the corporate limits of the city,"

PC 119.1 Mill Mountain.jpg
"Mill Mountain and Roanoke River."

PC 119.04 Mill Mountain.jpg
"Mill Mountain"

PC 119.03 Mill Mountain.jpg
"Home of the famous Star of Roanoke and Children's Zoo. The mountain, 1847 ft. above sea level, is 975 ft. above the city."

PC 119.01 Mill Mountain.jpg
"Mill Mountain, Roanoke, Virginia."

PC 119.0 Mill Mountain.jpg
"Mill Mountain, Roanoke, Virginia."

Davis 1.14 Mill Mountain.jpg
Looking southeast toward Mill Mountain from just across Day Avenue between First Street and Jefferson Street. The large multi-story building left of center was Jefferson Apartments. Nearly all of the buildings seen in the foreground have been…

Scyphers24 Mill Mountain Overlook.jpg
Overlook once on Mill Mountain in front of Rockeldge Inn seen at dusk.

Scyphers1 View from Mill Mountain.jpg
A view of Roanoke from Mill Mountain.

zoo_parkmaintenance_smaller.pdf
Article written by Robert P. Hunter, then Parks and Recreation manager for the City of Roanoke. Published in the July 1956 edition of Park Maintenance magazine.

zoosouvenirpamphlet_smaller.pdf
Pamphlet with photos and text describing the first two years of the Mill Mountain Zoo

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A large two story and basement building, frame clapboard and wood shingle construction, wood shingle roof, board floors, wood board interior finish, electric lighting, heat from stoves and fireplaces; in poor condition. Occupancy: First floor - dance…

RREC18 Roanoke Railway & Electric.jpg
Roanoke Railway & Electric Company Walnut Avenue Steam Plant. In front of the plant is the old streetcar barn

RREC12 Mill Mountain.jpg
A panoramic view showing Mill Mountain looming over the Walnut Avenue Steam Plant of the Roanoke Railway & Electric Company.

RREC4 Downtown Roanoke.jpg
A bird's-eye view of Downtown Roanoke at Jefferson Street looking toward Mill Mountain. The St. James Hotel is visible in the foreground. At right can be seen the Terry Building.

MP 23.0 Bike Ride.jpg
George Davis, far left, poses for a photo during a bike ride up the old Mill Mountain road.

MP 2.1 Roanoke Aerial.jpg
An aerial view looking toward Mill Mountain. I581 can be seen under construction on the left .

Underwood 44 South of Roanoke.jpg
Aerial view of mountains at the south edge of Roanoke.

Underwood 20 Virginia Heights.jpg
Aerial view of Virginia Heights

Underwood 18 Mill Mountain.jpg
Aerial view of Mill Mountain, including the Mill Mountain Incline and Roanoke Hospital.

Davis GL 4 Mill Mountain and Roanoke Valley.jpg
View of Mill Mountain and the surrounding Roanoke Valley

Davis GL 36 Roanoke Hospital.jpg
Roanoke Hospital at the foot of Mill Mountain. The Mill Mountain incline can be seen to the right.

Davis GL 35 Panoramic View from Mill Mountain.jpg
A panoramic sketch from Mill Mountain by Louis Ruyl of New York for the Chamber of Commerce. Caption reads, "Showing spurs of the Blue Ridge with the Alleghany Mountains in the distance, and the Roanoke bowl or amphitheater, McAfee's Knob at left,…

UC 43 View from MM.jpg
View of the Roanoke Valley from Mill Mountain.

CPC 19 Mill Mountain.jpg
Looking south from atop Mill Mountain.

CPC 17 Wasena Bridge.jpg
A view of Wasena Bridge from Riverside Boulevard.

Davis 68.221 Mill Mountain Observation Tower.jpg
The first observation tower on Mill Mountain was built circa 1892 along with Rockledge Inn. The tower was destroyed during a violent wind storm in 1914. Another tower was constructed to replace it shortly thereafter.

Davis 68.22 Mill Mountain Star.jpg
Mill Mountain Star was constructed in 1949 by the Roanoke Merchants Association to kick off the 1949 holiday shopping season. Though at first the star was not meant to be lit all year, it became popular enough with citizens that it was decided to…

Davis 66.219 Wasena Bridge.jpg
Wasena Bridge.

Davis 61.812 Mill Mountain Incline Tracks.jpg
Tracks of the Mill Mountain Incline.

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Mill Mountain Incline shortly after completion.

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Mill Mountain Incline during construction.

Davis 6.41 Roanoke from Mill Mountain 1974.jpg
Roanoke as it looked in 1974 from Mill Mountain overlook.

Davis 6.4 View from Mill Mountain.jpg
Two unidentified women look at Roanoke from Mill Mountain overlook.

Davis 6.32 Mill Mountain.jpg
Early view of Mill Mountain

Davis 6.122 Terry House.jpg
View of the Terry House and Elmwood Park from the Patrick Henry Hotel.

Davis 6.1 Roanoke from Mill Mountain.jpg
View of the Roanoke Valley from Mill Mountain

Davis 59.111 View of Roanoke Valley.jpg
A group of unidentified men on Mill Mountain. Roanoke Valley in background.

Davis 56.51 Elks Club.jpg
Members of the Elks Club pictured at Rockledge Inn on Mill Mountain.

Davis 5.3 Roanoke from Mill Mountain.jpg
View of the Roanoke Valley from Mill Mountain

Davis 4.31 Mill Mountain Loop.jpg
Old road up to Mill Mountain. Photo caption reads, "at this location the loop the loop where Mr. Henritze's house (Rockledge) is located now".

Davis 31.312 Rockledge Inn.jpg
Rockledge Inn opened in the Spring of 1892 as a resort hotel. It featured sweeping verandas and views of the city, tennis and croquet courts, large stone fireplaces and a private coach that ran from the depot to the inn. Rockledge Inn would…

Davis 31.311 Rockledge Inn.jpg
Rockledge Inn opened in the Spring of 1892 as a resort hotel. It featured sweeping verandas and views of the city, tennis and croquet courts, large stone fireplaces and a private coach that ran from the depot to the inn. Rockledge Inn would…

Davis 31.31 Rockledge Inn.jpg
Rockledge Inn opened in the Spring of 1892 as a resort hotel. It featured sweeping verandas and views of the city, tennis and croquet courts, large stone fireplaces and a private coach that ran from the depot to the inn. Rockledge Inn would…

Davis 1.98 Jefferson & Elm looking south.jpg
An aerial view of Elmwood Park.

Davis 1.414 Crystal Spring gazebo & house.jpg
Crystal Spring showing gazebo and house on hill above. Davis print from earlier glass negative.

Davis 1.12 Aerial view of MacBain building.jpg
Aerial view taken from site of MacBain building. Post office tower in foreground.

RNC 118 Mill Mountain.jpg
A view of Mill Mountain from Old Southwest
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