Traffic stops as a tank crosses U.S. 231 South during World War II maneuvers in Bedford County. (Photo submitted by Jan Phillips)
Bedford County's citizens played a major part in the United States' success in World War II.
Not only did we send many of our young men - some who gave their lives and others who returned scarred physically and/or emotionally - but Bedford County served as a training area as well.
Take a look at this tank crossing U.S. 231 South from Center Church Road to Snell Road, in a photo provided by Jan Phillips. The intersection actually looks much the same today, and if you look closely you'll see Chestnut Ridge to the south. Note the lines across the road. They appear to have been drawn by hand -- part of the maneuvers?
Also, note the utility poles. I've heard for years that most rural areas of Bedford County had no electricity until TVA arrived after World War II.
I received some additional photos of World War II maneuvers last week as well, which I'll post soon.
Do you know?
I received an e-mail asking, "In 1934 to 1944 the Coy Adams stove foundry burned. Do you know what year?" Anyone know?