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January 21, 2014

After about two years of work we have completed a major upgrade to New River Notes. On January 21, 2014 we switched in the last of the updated files and final page revisions.

In January 2013 we introduced the new site layout but because there were many pages left to do there was a big red Under Construction on the front page. A year later we've finished all of the pages that were on the original site. Construction is complete. We have a great looking site full of material to help you in your research and possibly entertain you.

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New River Notes

January 6, 2013

New River Notes, a leading genealogy resource for the New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia, launched its new look website today.

new river valley mapNew River Notes was originally launched in 1998 by Jeffrey C. Weaver providing New River Valley researchers with a new wealth of information and that tradition is continued today by the Grayson County, Virginia Heritage Foundation, Inc.

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buchananhouse.jpg3095 viewsThis is the Buchanan House on Lyon's Gap Road between Chilhowie and Saltville. Photo taken October 10, 2004 by Jeff Weaver
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Saltville - Muck Pond1647 viewsLime-mud waste of Mathieson Alkali Works. Approximately 300-tons a day poured into pond. Abingdon quadrangle. Virginia. No date, but circa 1910. From the collection of the U.S. Geological Survey.
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zionmethodist.jpg1406 viewsPhoto April 27, 2006 by Roger A. Allison shakerhoo@aol.com
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Saltville - 1945-1946 Girls Basketball Team1051 views1945-46 SALTVILLE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM

TOP ROW - L- R- EDNA WALTERS, COACH, MAIDDIE FRYE, VIVIAN LEVINE, RUTH CHEEKS, BETTY SUE CHAPMAN, MARY ELLEN ORR, PEGGY SMITH

BOTTOM ROW - BILLIE CAMPBELL, VIRGINIA DEBORD, MARY FRYE, ERNESTINE ROBERTS, PEGGY WARREN, JEAN WEBB, LUCILLE CREGGER

MATHIESON EMPLOYEES NEWS, MAY 1946, CHARLIE JONES PHOTO. Courtesy if Don Smith dsmith1043@comcast.net
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Saltville - Mathieson General Store1043 viewsMATHIESON GENERAL STORE / SALTVILLE, VA. / CIRCA 1897. Courtesy of Don Smith dsmith1043@comcast.net
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Saltville- Last Muck Dam1009 viewsThis 1963 photo shows the last muck dam operated by Olin Corporation. courtesy of Don Smithdsmith1043@comcast.net
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Saltville - Worthy Mine970 viewsWORTHY MINE / NEW QUARRY AREA / NEAR SALTVILLE, VA. / MAY 1973. Courtesy of Don Smith dsmith1043@comcast.net
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olin41969.jpg914 viewsTHE TEAR DOWN WAS UNDERWAY IN THE BACKGROUND IN THE AREA OF THE COAL PLANT EVEN AS AMMONIA SODA PRODUCTS SUCH AS PURITE AND PH PLUS WERE STILL BEING SHIPPED IN APRIL OF 1969. Courtesy of Don Smith dsmith1043@comcast.net
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Saltville -Olin River Project904 viewsIN 1982, OLIN DID EXTENSIVE WORK TO KEEP MERCURY FROM THE OLD CHLORINE PLANT FROM LEACHING INTO THE NORTH FORK OF THE HOLSTON RIVER AT SALTVILLE.

THE RIVER WAS REDIRECTED THROUGH THE LARGE PIPE AT LEFT SO WORKERS COULD SEAL THE RIVER BANK AT RIGHT TO KEEP THE MERCURY CONTAINED AND OUT OF THE RIVER. Courrtesy of Don Smith dsmith1043@comcast.net
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Saltville - Olin and Elizabeth Cemetery897 viewsTHE PLANT / THE COMPANY HOUSES / THE ELIZABETH CEMETERY / SALTVILLE, VA. / APRIL 1972. Courtesy of Don Smith dsmith1043@comcast.net
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Saltville - Olin Engine No. 4891 viewsOLIN MATHIESON DIESEL NO. 4 WAS BROUGHT TO SALTVILLE FROM DETROIT IN 1960. THE ENGINE HAD 12 CYLINDERS AND 1000 HP. WHEN OLIN CEASED OPERATIONS AT SALTVILLE IN 1972, IT WAS TRANSFERRED TO AN OLIN PLANT IN BEAUMONT, TEXAS. MYRL DUNHAM PHOTO. Courtesy of Don Smith dsmith1043@comcast.net
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Saltville - Golf Course Maintenance877 viewsTHE SALTVILLE GOLF COURSE WORK CREW / SALTVILLE, VIRGINIA / AUGUST 1949

DRIVING THE TRACTOR - HOWARD WOODWARD / LEFT - ED SMITH / STANDING - CAL SMITH / ON BUMPER - LEFT - BOBBY (HOECAKE) JOHNSON AND BILL AUSTIN

THE TRACTOR WAS A WORTHINGTON CHIEF GOLF COURSE TRACTOR, ORANGE IN COLOR, MANUFACTURED IN STROUDSBURG, PA.

CHARLIE JONES / PHOTOGRAPHER. Courtesy of Don Smith dsmith1043@comcast.net
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