Coal, iron, salt, &c.
Editors of the Dispatch:
--I find that much is said at this time in favor of connecting the Richmond
Virginia Railroad with the North Carolina Railroad at Greensborough
, or some other prominent point.
I have ever believed it would be of inestimable value to the Southern Confederacy.
It should not be a road only of transportation across the States, but located with an eye to the immense mineral wealth deposited in the valley of Dan river
and Town Fork
Here, we have inexhaustible beds of coal, iron are, marble, white
, and gray limestone, serpentine and porcelain clay, &c.
Besides, the Buffalo Wallow
, three miles south of Germantown, in Stokes county
, derived its name from the great lick for wild animals that was common in this country, and has ever been looked upon as favorable for salt water.
With all these things before us, it does seem that thirty minutes time would be but a bubble in the Southern Confederacy in comparison to the great wealth it will develops to the States.
Do not these things at least entitle the Dan River
Coalfield Railroad to a reasonable inspection before the final connexion is ordered?
The road is willing to submit its minerals and prospects to the best geologists South, and abide their decision for the general good of all.
We hope that all the papers that favor this connexion will insert the above, so that this Government shall have every advantage that this country affords.
A Citizen of Stokes Country.