Posts Tagged ‘Peter Bouck Borst


Who has made a difference? Part V (article for the week of 1/18/10)

Image from a stock certificate of the SVRRThis week, I added another category to the growing list of significant folks of Page County in the 19th century… with the men of the railroad. As I mentioned last week, William Milnes, Jr. was among those men, but at the forefront, there can be no question than Peter Bouck Borst led the way. He was a key element in what became the Shenandoah Valley Railroad, but more importantly, he helped to make sure the railroad came through Page County. Additionally, I think it’s important to remember the county’s railroad men who are left unsung by history. I mentioned one of my great-great grandfathers, John Howard “Blinky” Moore, as one of those men who remain quiet parts of the county’s railroad past, remembered within family circles, but often remaining well outside the fame that graced key figures such as Milnes and Borst.

*Trivia: Who drove the ceremonial “last spike” for the SVRR in Page County? Answer: … coming later this week.

I’ll be posting some old railroad photos here later this week.