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A STRONG PULL.
A PULL ALL TOGETHER."
The Result: ROANOKE, VA.
The Gateway to the Southwest the Iron and Coal Fields.
A Railroad, Iron, Mining, and Manufacturing Cii
IISrOORPORA.TBjD _____ CITY 1884.
ROANOKE is really a marvelous cityi Ten entwehre years ago? It was bot a country town, a way station, with less than half a hundrel
houses, all told- Where our stately business houses, magnificent hotels and manufacturing'establishments now stand, at that time w<
counted as the finest wheat and corn lands in the State.
The city is situated 900 feet above the sea level, in the most charming amphitheatre imaginable, formed by the Blue Ridge Mountaii
and spurs of the Alleghanies. On top of "MILL MOUNTAIN" is an elegant Summer Hotel, within half an hour's ride from the city?an ea*
road and 'bus all the way to top. From this point the viewis magnificent?unobstructed for miles?and at night the electric lights, the fires
the great iron furnaces, the moving electric cars and railwav trains in all parts of the amphitheatre from pit to the family circle on the moui
tain side, is picturesque in the extreme.
The system of streets and sewers is an excellent one?the latter being nearly completed. Fourteen miles of electric railway traverse thl
streets?a portion which are paved with vitrified brick. The water supply is direct from a mountain spring?and is ample for a city of 5O,00|
The Largest Railroad and Car Manufacturing Plant in the South, the Great Roanoke Machine Works i|
located here, and gives Employment to over a Thousand Men. Three Monster Iron Furnaces, Bridge
Works, Lock Manufacturing Establishment, Engine Works, etc., give Employment to a
Roanoke River Affords Abundant Water Power for all Kinds of Manufacturing Concerns.
Original Forests, close at hand, furnish Timber for all Purposes.
The area tributary Includes North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee and the
Btirrounding country, embracing twenty two of the wealthiest, most productive and
rapidly developing counties in Virginia.
The bonded indebtedness is only $812,000, or less than 10 per cent, of the as
NBSed valuation, which is $10,869,315.00. In 1882 it was $353,364. The bonds
sell readily at a premium of two per cent.
The Coal Supply of the Adjacent Pocahontas Coal Field is Inexhaustible. The Railroi
Facilities are excellent? diversrirpr North, South, East and West.
The transfers of real estate for a single year were over $18,000,000?requh
over 5,000 deeds.
The city has just completed and official survey at a cost exceeding $15,000.
The Volunteer Hire Companies are splendidly equipped and will compare fav(
ably with any paid department.
The tax rate?all told?is $1.65 per 100 on a low valuation.
Manufacturing Establishments are Exempt from City Taxation Until the Year 1902.
During the present financial troubles Roanoke has made a record oi which she may well be proud: Not a bank failure, no manufacturing establishments closed, currency paid by
banks on demand. Below'will be found some comparative statistics, which are authentic and may prove interesting:
1882: Population, 912.
1893: Population, 25,00"
Official assessment. $353)304 $10,869,315
Freight Tons forwarded. 30,485 i47?927
" Tons received. 37,893 S64?54x
Express Receipts. $2,400 $96,000
f Teachers Employed.-. 5 31
njj. Mt.Mia. J School Population..,. 215 2,805
Fwblic schools, i vSalar}es paid Teachers. $1,020 $14,800
L School Property. 1,200 85,000
Western Union Telegraph Company.
Nu nber Sunday-school Scholars.
Number Church Members.?~-.
Value Church Property.-.
Roanoke has 28 churches, 9 sporting clubs, 1 1 social clubs, 104 incorporated companies, 22 secret societies, 13 trade societies, 8 banks
The educational advantages are admirable, consisting of eight public school buildings, one institute for young men, one business college
$vrt> colleges for young ladies and the far-famed Hollins Institute within six miles.
The Peaks of Otter, Luray Caverns, Mountain Lake, Natural Bridge and numerous summer resorts are all within a few hours' ride?makj
ing Roanoke a most desirable location for business or residence. It is confidently believed that two new Railroads will be built to Roanow
during the year, and the best opportunity ever offered for a profitable investment can now be had. We represent the best investments in th<
City and can offer special inducements at this time.