Guide to the Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad Photograph, circa 1920

Summary Information

Title: Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad Photograph, circa 1920
Collection: AC.310
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

The Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad Photograph is a 16 1/2" x 11" oil painting of the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway, circa 1920. It is described as a geered logging engine. Artist is unknown.

Creator: Unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

"The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway dates back to 1915, beginning at the Tye River Depot and ending in Massies Mill, branching out at times to Lowesville and into the mountains. The railway was built to haul chestnut timber out of the Piney River area to local mills. Timber runs were halted during World War I, since they were not essential to the war effort, and a chestnut blight wiped out much of the crop. Passenger service carried the line through 1936. The line saw a true resurgence when a company began extracting titanium dioxide from the Piney River and needed transport. Also, three companies were built to extract aplite from the area and used the rail for transport and the line thrived until the late 1960s. Hurricane Camille destroyed some of the tracks in 1969 and Cyanamid, the company that began the line's industrial boom in the 1930s, closed in 1970." from Don's Rail Photos.

Also, see Sentimental Journey: Being a History of the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway (F232.N25 L38 1979) for more info.


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a single oil painting of the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway, circa 1920.


This collection is housed in one oversized archival folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection purchased this painting from Bookworm and Silverfish in 2000. The accession number is AC.2001.027. It was opened to the public in May, 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, May 2006; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, May 2006

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.310: Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad Photograph, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Photograph, circa 1920  Folder 1