|An early shot of the Tech bookstore that shows College Avenue (left in photo) still connecting to the drillfield|
If you were here in 1970 you might remember, at some point in that decade, that :
* Prices Fork Road was just a simple two lane country road, and heading east (toward town) it didn't even connect to Main Street. You had to angle up Turner Street past the Tech electric plant to hit North Main. Likewise, going west, there was a single street light at the top of the hill just before the Marriott and when you got to the 460 Bypass it was level with that road and only had a stop sign (the same with Toms Creek Road and 460 intersection).
* When leaving town via South Main you'd pass Hokie Honda then curve down a hill toward Merrimac, then find the ramp to the right which brought you up onto 460.
* Patrick Henry Drive which connects North Main Street to Toms Creek Road didn't exist.
* College Avenue passed in front of Squires Student Center and hooked up with the drillfield (see photo above).
* In 1970 if you were heading to Blacksburg using Interstate 81 you had to get off at the Dixie Caverns exit. The interstate highway wasn't finished then .... you had no choice! I believe it was completed sometime in late 1971.
Lots of other minor subdivision type roads weren't in place then either, naturally. But if you think of any other "major" differences, please chime in.