Star City of the South

Roanoke's giant illuminated star at the top of Mill Mountain.
Roanoke’s giant illuminated star at the top of Mill Mountain.

The Roanoke Star is said to be the world's largest freestanding man-made illuminated star.
The Roanoke Star is said to be the world’s largest freestanding man-made illuminated star.

Roanoke's Norfolk & Western Railway station was originally built in 1905 in the Beaux Arts style. The building was radically re-designed in 1946 in the Streamlined Moderne style by noted industrial designer Raymond Loewy.
Roanoke’s Norfolk & Western Railway station was originally built in 1905 in the Beaux Arts style. The building was radically re-designed in 1946 in the Streamlined Moderne style by noted industrial designer Raymond Loewy.

A view of the Taubman Museum of Art - designed by architect Randall Stout - from inside the former Norfolk & Western Railway station.
A view of the Taubman Museum of Art – designed by architect Randall Stout – from inside the former Norfolk & Western Railway station.

The railways have always played a major part in Roanoke, with active rail yards still bisecting the town.
The railways have always played a major part in Roanoke, with active rail yards still bisecting the town.

The Norfolk & Western Roanoke Shops were famous for manufacturing steam locomotives.
The Norfolk & Western Roanoke Shops were famous for manufacturing steam locomotives.

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