About Termini

December 24, 1870


Richmond is set to become a major point along a trade line. With the preposition for both a railroad and a port opening up Richmond to the sea, the city is set to become a major piece in both foreign and domestic trade.


The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company is under the auspices of very sensible men. They will do nothing hastily, and nothing not well fortified, at least in their estimation, by a practical view of the best means of accommodating trade. We have our own opinions on this subject, which our readers fully understand. It is our impression that we shall not differ widely with the Chesapeake and Ohio Company when they understand all the matter involved in the questions of the terminus.Suffice it to say now, that, for the best reasons, we are convinced that the company proposes to do nothing on the subject of their eastern terminus, save to increase their means of accommodation here, until their road is completed to the Ohio. That is, they will look at the city of Richmond to prepare not only for the trade that will not stop here, but for the forwarding of all that is destined for other ports. Upon the capacity her enterprise may afford for this latter purpose will very much depend the future proceeding of the company. Their avowed object is to do the very best they can to make their line the favorite of western shippers. Their feeling is in favor of Richmond, and they will take no unnecessary step that may in any sense be detrimental to her. This is the inferred declaration of the company.Furthermore, the company have clearly, through their principal men, declared that it is vitally important that they should build a branch road from Clifton Forge to Lynchburg. It is necessary for the transportation of the heavy freights they will have from Ohio, which cannot, with the proper care and economy, be conveyed over the hills of Bath, Rockbridge, and Augusts. Our opinion is that this is a matter of such great importance to the company that the construction of this branch road will be the first object that engages their attention after the completion of their road to the Ohio. It undoubtedly should be.Now, if Richmond meets the Chesapeake and Ohio road at Lynchburg with a direct line from this city, the way to apprehension and doubtful foreboding is effectually closed. Richmond is entirely safe, and we do not think that the company will be troubled about termini.What we have to do is to get the channel opened to the sea sufficiently deep for all the wants of coastwise commerce, and also for foreign trade. This can be done. We are now at work upon it, and before the road is complete to the Ohio we shall have in James river water enough to answer all the purpose of trade. We can easily ship from Richmond all the produce of the western and northwestern States.People of Richmond, keep these matters ever in your minds, and never rest until you finish the great work before you.
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