Monday, September 19, 2005

When the nation moved on coal

I am reminded today of the high school essay that infected me with the writer's bug so long ago.

The occasion is Along the rails, a piece at the Bacon's Rebellion blog about rail travel in my native state, Virginia.

My own research was mostly conducted by interviews with octogenarians such as my Grandpa Yeatts. An authentic photograph inspired the piece, and it may actually be in the State Library of Virginia. It shows an old-style Danville & Western locomotive at the station in downtown Stuart, right off the square that even today is still called the Depot. A copy hung in my dad's warehouse, a hundred yards or so down the line. The sight of it puts an ache in my heart.

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