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Friends, one of the questions that I’ve asked myself over the years is why I and many others build models. A few years ago it occurred to me that, as a research psychologist, I know how to go about answering that question. If you’d be willing to help me out, I have a survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DNX3QKB. If you, too are a model builder and could spare about 30 minutes to complete the survey, I’d really appreciate it.

Green Springs

C&O Milepost 154.2


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Station Number: 154
Code Number: 0222

The Green Spring District of Louisa County gets its name from a mineral spring of the same name. The area has the richest soil in the county. The 14000 acre, bowl-shaped Green Spring District was originally settled in the 1720’s and the spring served as a spa during the late 18th century. A Colonel Morris once ran a hotel at the spring, but it was in decay by 1835.

Despite that, there must still have been people interested in Green Springs. The stop was originally known as Green Spring Turnout, suggesting that an influential someone requested the stop from the Louisa Railroad. A Post Office, officially known as Green Spring Depot, opened there in September of 1874 and remained open in various buildings until 1956. The original Green Springs depot burned on April 13, 1914, an act of arson that was connected to the Hall murder case (see http://www.murderatgreensprings.com/ for more information). A new depot was built across the tracks from the original location, on the same side as Dunkum’s store. The turnout at the east end of the siding was retired in April, 1936. In 1937, the Side Track Record showed the depot and a 943' team track (track number 875) in Green Springs. In 1939 the C&O granted an easement to the state for the straightening of what is now Route 33. This eliminated several grade crossings and obliterated the pre-1914 depot site. The stock pen was retired in 1941. The C&O received authorization to dismantle the station at Green Springs and replace it with a combination passenger shelter/freight room in October, 1941. The agency station was discontinued in 1942, though the station was maintained as a non-agency station. In 1952 the tool house from Green Springs was relocated to Gordonsville as a garage. The passenger shelter was retired in 1962. In 1977 a portion of the siding was retired. The rest was retired in 1978.

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This is Dunkum’s Store as it appeared in 2008.

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This map was prepared from U.S.G.S. topological maps, C&O track charts dated 1963, C&O Side Track Records dated 1937, a copy of the Side Track Records updated through the 1990’s, and C&O Valuation maps, also updated through the 1990’s.

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