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Alleghany County by Samuel Hale II and Dr. Paul Linkenhoker

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Alleghany County, Virginia, was first settled by Europeans in 1746 and carved out of Botetourt, Bath and Monroe Counties in 1822. I-64 enters Alleghany County just east of Greenbrier County, West Virginia, and leaves it at the top of the mountain before it descends into Rockbridge County and Lexington, Virginia. Covington and Clifton Forge are its biggest towns. The Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad came in 1857 and the C & O Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge is open four days a week. The paper mill in Covington was establish in 1899 and continues to be the economic mainstay of the county. This book is part of the Images of America series so it consists primarily of photographs and captions. County schools were segregated until 1964, and this book has only a few photos of the county’s African-Americans. Despite the spectacular beauty of Alleghany County, this book consists almost entirely of pictures of buildings and groups of people assembled for pictures. The cover is a picture of Falling Springs Falls, before the face of the falls was mined and the course of the river was altered. The authors, Samuel Hale and Paul Linkenhoker, are the manager and vice president of the Alleghany Historical Society.

Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2017. 127 pages with lots of photos. Trade paperback