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These two photos, taken in the early to mid-1960s, show what today (but not then) is Shenandoah County’s busiest intersection, US 11 at Va. Rt. 42 in south Woodstock. Central High School had opened only a few years earlier and the old lights from French Park Stadium had only recently been moved to the high school football field. The Tastee Freeze was the only business located on the southeast corner of the intersection, and the Grabill Grader Co., a manufacturer of fruit grading equipment, was on the northeast corner. At the time, Greyhound bus service was still available on US 11 and tickets could be purchased in any local town. Interstate 81 had not yet opened to traffic. One photo shows a VDOT track loader overturned in the intersection and a tow truck from Cook’s Exxon attempting to right it, an exercise that mattered little in a time when the road westward was simply a way to town from the farm. None of the homes and businesses that today line Va. Rt. 42 were there then, nor was the Shenandoah Square shopping center, bowling alley, water treatment plant, apartments or other commercial development that has sprung up since. Sheep were pastured in a field on the northwest corner.

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