Chasing the Powhatan Arrow is a travelogue in economic geography, exploring the history, geography, culture, economy and future of the corridor from Norfolk, Virginia to Cincinnati, Ohio, following the rail line of that former N&W passenger line. More
Books with names about famous trains are frequently written by historians and are filled with endless facts such as ridership figures, equipment types, and service details. This is not one of those books. Instead, Chasing the Powhatan Arrow is a fresh look at the people, communities, and issues affecting the population outside the train along its 600-plus mile route. This book presents a wide range of issues, including the history of tobacco, coal mining, and the Civil War to contemporary topics such as the coming ramifications of driverless cars. It is a testimonial to communities that have thrived since the heyday of passenger rail travel and those that have seen declining fortunes. The book explores into the local fabric between Norfolk and Cincinnati with a unique and appealing sense of humor that is the author's signature writing style. At each stop along the route of the Powhatan Arrow is a new story. While some interviews may have been planned in advance, other stories and tidbits are totally impromptu as the author's wit and charm draw the best out of his subjects and he in turn memorializes the history of the locals along the route for generations to come.
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