Blue Ridge Chronicles: A Decade of Dispatches from Southwest Virginia

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Many of the highlanders in Virginia's western mountains live in small communities with names such as Stonebruise, Novelty and Wangle Junction, and here their stories are chronicled by one of their own, Floyd County native and Pulitzernominated journalist Rex Bowman, roving reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Colorful characters abound, from folks in Independence who have a decades-old tradition of racing outhouses, to the brawlers in St. Paul who once gave the town a reputation for world-class wickedness, ...
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Blue Ridge Chronicles: A Decade of Dispatches from Southwest Virginia

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Overview

Many of the highlanders in Virginia's western mountains live in small communities with names such as Stonebruise, Novelty and Wangle Junction, and here their stories are chronicled by one of their own, Floyd County native and Pulitzernominated journalist Rex Bowman, roving reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Colorful characters abound, from folks in Independence who have a decades-old tradition of racing outhouses, to the brawlers in St. Paul who once gave the town a reputation for world-class wickedness, to the purveyors of Roanoke's Texas Tavern who have never in seventy years put ketchup on their hamburgers. Blue Ridge Chronicles is a delightful look at how the lively have lived in Southwest Virginia's backcountry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596294547
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/11/2008
  • Series: American Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 158
  • Sales rank: 984,267
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     7
Introduction     9
Haints and Hollers     11
Frontier Town     15
Ambulance #1 1/2     21
Wangle What?     25
Sergeant Major     31
Art for the Dead     35
Star City Star     41
The Camps     45
Crockett     51
Overnight Sensation     55
The Runs     59
Home for Dinner     63
The Redoubt     67
How Goose Pimple Got Its Name     71
Historic Shootout     77
Diet and Exercise     83
Hanging Out     87
Metamorphosis     91
Life and Death of a Motel     95
The Cost of a Dam     99
A Better Maple Syrup     105
Is This Some Sort of a Joke?     109
Not Fade Away     113
Churches of Rock     117
Soul of the Hero     123
"On the Other Side"     127
"A Very Enjoyable Thing"     133
Where New Year's Is a Blast     137
'Shine Town     141
Old Fiddlers     145
"Gone for a Good While"     149
Pickin' Butter Beans     155
About the Author     159
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  • Posted February 7, 2009

    One of a kind

    This is probably the best volume ever written on Southwest Virginia and the culture that makes it different from the rest of the state.

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