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Title The Beckoning Land
Dates of Creation 1914
Scope & Content "The Beckoning Land", by E. Alexander Powell, is a 34-page booklet, published in Roanoke, Virginia, with color plates, and with text surrounded by sepia-toned images of Roanoke and the surrounding county. Some of the text is written in dialect. The booklet is covered with a grained tissue paper and bound with cord. The booklet is encased in its own envelope. The booklet was printed by Stone Printing & Manufacturing Company.

"Substantial farm houses look down upon well-kept farms with neat stables and whitewashed fences; sleek cattle stand knee-deep in grassy meadows; trim schoolhouses peep out from amid the trees at almost every turning; in the spring the mountain slopes are white with blossoming orchards; the station platforms are piled high with the products of farm and factory; the whole land seems a-hum with energy and industry." Such is the vision of Roanoke given by E. Alexander Powell in The Beckoning Land, a promotional publication stressing "the spirit of progress, of up-and-doing." The word Roanoke, Powell proudly points out, means "money."

Year Range from 1914.0
Creator Powell, Edward Alexander, 1879-
Year Range to 1914.0
Subjects Apple orchards
Apple trees
Cattle
Corn shocks
Field crops
Fields
Fields (Agriculture)
Gates
Golf courses
Hay stacks
Haystacks
Horse teams
Horses
Houses
Inclined railroads
Lakes & ponds
Livestock
Logging
Parks
Passenger stations
Railroad tracks
Rivers
Scenic overlooks
Sheep
Stations, Railroad
Streams
Tobacco plantations
Touring
Tourism
Train stations
Trains
Travel sketches
Waterfalls
Woods
Search Terms Back Creek
Elmwood Park
Holston Valley
Hotel Roanoke
Mill Mountain Incline
Mountain Lake
N&W Office Buildings
Natural Bridge
Stone Printing and Manufacturing Company
People Powell, E(dward) Alexander
Collection History Museum of Western Virginia
Imagefile 001\1958192.JPG
Number of images 1.0
Object Name Pamphlet
Catalog Number 1958.19.2.a
Extent of Description 1-booklet, [5]-34 pages, including illustrations, 4 col., size 7 3/4" x 10 3/4"