The Roanoker - January/February 2018 - VL6
Welcome to the Valley
WHY DO WE LOVE THE ROANOKE VALLEY?
The Roanoke Valley Is...
SIGHTS OF ROANOKE:
What You Need To Know
The Mill Mountain Star was built in 1949 by Kinsey Sign Company and Roanoke Iron and Bridgeworks.
Inspired by a mountainside light display he saw during a drive through Chattanooga, Tennessee, Roy
Kinsey and his three sons created what is now the largest freestanding star in existence, giving Roanoke
the nickname "The Star City."
The Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, which covers more than 12,000 acres, is the second largest
municipally owned and managed park in the country. Locals and visitors alike take advantage
of the many recreational opportunities at the Cove, such as hiking, horseback riding, fishing and
boating. The Cove is also one of the most popular destinations for mountain biking in the East
with nearly 60 miles of multi-use trails.
Originally built in honor of those that made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, the Vinton War Memorial stands today as one of the region's premier event spaces. The two-story brick
building was first opened to the public in 1948 and renovated in 2007. Four years later, the "High
Ground" Veterans Monument was added to honor veterans and active military men and women
from Vinton and Roanoke County.
The year 2018 marks 17 years since 9/11. The City of Salem honors the first responders with a
9/11 Memorial that was once displayed at the Old Virginia Brick site. The 16,000-pound steel beams
from the north tower of the World Trade Center can be viewed at their new home in front of Fire
Station One in downtown Salem.
...just west of the Blue Ridge
Mountains, 250 miles southwest
of Washington D.C. and 196
miles north of Charlotte, North
...home to 325,000 people, and
more than 1 million people use
the valley as their regional center
for jobs, transportation, entertainment and health care.
...the number-one city (Roanoke)
in the nation for recent grads
to get started on their careers.
According to Goodcall.com,
our blend of amenities, median
salaries, jobs available and other
factors is tops among the 589 cities assessed for the 2017 study.
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GREENWAY: RIVERS AND ROADS PHOTOGRAPHY
For one thing, we have it all: Breathtaking mountain views and thriving downtowns. A rich arts and
culture scene and access to the state's largest lakes, longest rivers and 600 miles of hiking and
biking trails. Exemplary academics and nationally recognized health care providers. The Roanoke
Valley is western Virginia's hub for business, entertainment, health care and transportation. Our star
communities-Botetourt County, Franklin County, Roanoke County, Vinton and the cities of Roanoke
and Salem-offer walkable neighborhoods, numerous recreational activities, historical monuments
and, above all, a friendly population that is excited to tell you why they love living in the Roanoke Valley.