LYNCHBURG, Va. - A Lynchburg icon is celebrating a milestone.
The Kemper Street Station turned 100 years old on Wednesday. To mark the occasion, rail fans presented a framed photo to station manager Garland Harper that showed a passenger train pausing at its platform half a century ago.
In the early 1900s, congested rail traffic in Lynchburg's downtown led the Norfolk & Western, the Southern to build new rail lines bypassing the downtown area. The Kemper Street Station was the final piece of that construction.
The News & Advance reports ( http://bit.ly/TwGMQ3) that the station received six trains per day in 1912, when trains were the only mode of transportation except for horses and carriages.
Passenger trains declined in the late 1950s as air travel became available and interstate highways were built.
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