|Photo by Kay Davies, Best Western Plus, Newport News, Virginia, September 2013|
|Downtown Newport News, Wikipedia photo|
I recently spent a night and a morning in Newport News, Virginia. I did take a few photos inside my hotel room, but none of the city, not even the area around the airport where I rented a car, or the train station downtown, where I spent a lot of time when I was early for the northbound train.
As a result, I have no city photos of my own to show here, but the story of Newport News is not in its newness, it is in its history.
Although there are numerous stories about the origin of the name, the original area near the mouth of the James River was first referred to as Newportes Newes as early as 1621.
Warwick County (in orange on this 1895 map) was originally one of the eight shires created in colonial Virginia in 1634.
In 1958, citizens of the cities of Warwick and Newport News voted to consolidate the two cities, choosing the name of Newport News. The merger created the third largest city by population in Virginia.
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