Lynchburg is known as "The Hill City'. That means that many public streets require that steps and railed walkways be provided for pedestrians. There are dozens of public steps along the streets of Lynchburg. I decided to photograph these steps.

Eighth Street Steps (4 pages) Three step structures lead up on eighth Street from Church to Court Streets.

Ninth Street Steps (Monument Terrace) (6 pages) Monument Terrace rises 139 steps from Church Street to Court Street, along Ninth Street. The several terraces have monuments to the service men and women of the various wars that city residents served in.

Tenth Street Steps (2 pages) Steps on Tenth Street from Church to Court Streets. Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Streets all have steps between Church and Court Street.

Mr. Elder's Rose Garden and City Elevator (3 pages) This rose garden lies behind the present courthouse on Court Street. A walkway over the garden leads from the courthouse to an elevator to the parking lot below on Church Street. The rose garden can be entered from Monument Terrace.

The above four pages lie on what was Lynchburg's first hill. Rising from the river from the original Lynch's Ferry, Lynchburg was first built on this hill which was once known as Court House Hill, since the courthouse stood at the top of what became Monument Terrace. Court House Hill is not usually considered as one of the seven hills of Lynchburg.

White Rock Hill (3 pages) White Rock Hill is located at the east end of Main Street and has many steps along its streets.

Diamond Hill (9 pages) Court House Road (now Grace Street-Florida Avenue) was the main road on Diamond Hill. It ran from Lynchburg to Campbell Courthouse (now Rustburg).

Rivermont Park (5 pages) Rivermont park lies high above the James River on the north west side of Lynchburg.

Miller Park (2 pages) Miller park lies on the south edge of the old city, near the fair grounds and the ball park.

Jones Memorial Library (3 pages) This library is surrounded by many steps leading from streets on the four sides of its plot of ground.

Lynchburg Schools (2 pages) Here are steps providing access to Lynchburg city schools.

Odds and Ends Here are isolated steps at various locations in the city.

Margaret and I were riding about one day when we came upon these steps at the intersection of Diamond and Opal Streets. We were looking for pictures in the historic old city. I photographed these steps on a whim and thus was inspired to search out and record all the steps in Lynchburg.

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