by Jerry Couch
Last Tuesday, students from Castlewood High School’s “After School” program stopped by the St. Paul Railroad Museum for a visit. The primary topic of discussion was local industries of the past, including the Clinch River Lumber Company, the Clinch Valley Lumber Company, the Clinch River Extract Company, the St. Paul Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Rockwell Manufacturing, and other companies that have disappeared into the mists of time.
Other topics of discussion included local myths and legends as well as the stillborn town of Minneapolis, Virginia. The students looked at storyboards containing old photos which helped illustrate points in our discussion. They also enjoyed the nature photography of Therese Molinary Fields which is currently on display.
Students examine some of the Railroad Museum displays.