Business: Deep Water to Deep Water

The year that Roosevelt I ran for reelection, Henry Huttleston Rogers

decided to build a Class I railroad out of his own pocket, which was exceedingly well lined with Standard Oil millions. Right through the Panic of 1907 he continued to sink those millions into what is now the Virginian Railway, a 600-mi. line running from deep water at Hampton Roads, Va. through the Pocahontas and New River coal fields to West Deepwater, W. Va. It cost Oilman Rogers between $30,000,000 and $40,000,000 and was one of the few railroads financed entirely by one man....

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