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Courtesy of the Historical Society of Western Virginia

The last night before Virginia Prohibition took effect was Halloween, and it made for the wildest party in Roanoke’s history. Read more

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George Davis, courtesy of the Roanoke Public Library’s Virginia Room

Crowds thronged downtown to view what was billed as the largest Christmas parade in Roanoke’s history. Twenty minutes before the parade commenced, tragedy struck. Read more

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Courtesy of National Child Labor Committee Collection, Library of Congress

Photographs of children in Norwich were a critical part of the national crusade to abolish child labor at the beginning of the last century. Read more

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Courtesy of Nelson Harris

Two weeks before the Fourth of July in 1946, a TNT-laced fireworks display ignited. Read more

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Courtesy of the History Museum of Western Virginia

The Loop Road on Mill Mountain, so named for its loop, is nearly unchanged from its 1891 beginnings. Read more

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Interestingly enough, one of the nation’s first transcontinental highways was birthed right here in Roanoke. Read more

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Interstate 581 turns 50 this year, with many of those years overcoming controversy and hurdles to connect different areas of the region. Read more

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The Historical Society of Western Virginia; The Virginia Room, Roanoke Public Libraries

The Roanoke region was undergoing changes 100 years ago. Read more

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George Davis images courtesy Roanoke City Library Virginia Room

Long an important link between the Hollins area and northwest city, the roadway was extended to Brandon Avenue in 1996. Read more

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Molly Koon

A main artery of southwest Roanoke County began as an agricultural necessity. Read more

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Courtesy Salem Museum

The city’s primary street has undergone many changes, with more on the horizon. Read more

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Courtesy of the Roanoke City Library Virginia Room

The key roadway to a once-prominent western suburb of Roanoke shows signs of returning to its former glory. Read more

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The roadway has been the site of change and growth for all of its existence, and that trend continues today, especially in the Tanglewood Mall area. Read more

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George Davis Photo Courtesy Roanoke City library Virginia room

Let's take a look back at Grandin Road and its growth over the years. Read more

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