Fire Truck on West Main

Jack Marshall in uniform

This photograph, taken circa 1953, shows the delivery of a new fire truck for the Charlottesville Fire Department. It is being unloaded from a box car near Union Station on West Main Street. The buildings seen in the background all still stand on West Main in the block between 7th and 8th Streets. This image comes from the Coiner Collection and is just one of many photos sent to us by the late Preston Coiner, one of our earliest and strongest supporters. Thanks to everyone who has loaned us photos to scan or sent digital copies or prints to us so that we can continue to do slideshows, web projects, and exhibits. We could not continue our work without the generous contributions of Charlottesville businesses, families, and individuals. Thank you!
_DSC7564 A current day view of one of the buildings seen in the 1953 photograph.
IMG_4675Another recent view of one of the last groups of buildings along west Main Street that date to the early Twentieth Century.  Check out all our posts on West Main Street by typing “West Main” in the search box at the top of this page.





Rescue on Buck’s Elbow Mountain

On November 1, 1959 rescue teams reached Phil Bradley, the sole survivor of the crash of Piedmont Airlines Flight 349. The plane flew into Buck’s Elbow Mountain the evening of October 30th as it was approaching Charlottesville Albemarle Airport.  Bradley was seriously injured and lay there in the wilderness until the crews could locate the crash site and search for survivors.  Bradley would live another 54 years. He passed away this August.

Photographer Ed Roseberry was on the mountain that day and got several photos of the rescue of Bradley:


Piedmont Crash #1

Piedmont Crash #2

In 2009, Phil James published this account of the tragedy.

That same month, Hawes Spencer covered the story in The Hook.

You can also visit a Facebook page about Flight 349 and Phil Bradley which includes an hour-by-hour account of Bradley’s ordeal.

EPSON MFP imageCharlottesville-Albemarle Airport circa 1964.

_DSC6732 Buck’s Elbow Mountain as viewed from the North in the air. The top of the ridge is about 3000 ft., one of the highest points in the area. The mountain is heavily wooded and has step terrain._DSC6672The crash site of Piedmont Flight 349 is near the top of the ridge (upper, center area in this photograph). This view is looking west.  The aircraft most likely flew into the mountain from this direction.


All black and white photographs by Ed Roseberry and scanned for use by C’ville Images. Please do not use any images from this website without permission.