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STREETS OF ROANOKE

The Peters Creek Esso Station was located at 2700 Peters Creek Road, NW. Image is from c. 1960.

Peters Creek Road
Long an important link between the Hollins area and northwest city, the roadway was
extended to Brandon Avenue in 1996.
BY NELSON HARRIS | GEORGE DAVIS IMAGES COURTESY ROANOKE CITY LIBRARY VIRGINIA ROOM

LOCATION
Southwest Roanoke City/North Roanoke
County

FEATURES
Peters Creek Road links some of the Roanoke
Valley's busiest commercial and transportation
corridors. At its southern terminus with Brandon Avenue in Roanoke City to its northern
terminus with Williamson Road (U.S. 11)
near Hollins, the road intersects or connects
with Melrose Avenue, Airport Road, Shenandoah Avenue, and the I-581 interchange.

HISTORY
The history of Peters Creek Road actually begins in the Colonial Period. In 1748, German
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immigrant Peter Kinder settled on a 150-acre
tract at the junction of Peters Creek and the
Roanoke River. It was Kinder's presence along
the creek that the name "Peter's Creek" was
derived. Kinder was taking advantage of a
land grant allowance initiated by Virginia to
lure German and Scots-Irish immigrants from
Pennsylvania into the Virginia frontier. Another settler, Methusalem Griffith, purchased
some 400 acres on the northern end of Peter's
Creek that same year.
Settling along a creek had its advantages,
but the Kinder family met a tragic end due to
the creek flooding in 1749. A fellow German
and neighbor of the Kinders described what
happened in a letter published in 1750 in a
Germantown, Pennsylvania, newspaper:

"Peter Kinder and his wife found a horrible
end. They were not yet asleep...and thought of no
danger till the water suddenly rose up to the house
and no more escape was possible. So they retreated
to the attic. No sooner had they reached it than
the water rose up to them. They placed boards on
the collar beam and sat on them. When the water
reached their arms and no more flight seemed
possible, he lost heart...he asked his wife to give
him a kiss. As he grabbed her, both slid from the
board and away with the waters. Those who were
with them on the boards saw no more of them."
The family trapped with the Kinders in the
attic survived. When the waters receded, they
discovered the home had been swept a mile
downstream as they had remained perched
on the cross beam. Kinder's wife's body was
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