Why I have not yet traveled the back roads of southwest Virginia is a mystery to me. While a modern four-lane highway meanders through the rolling farmlands of the Indian and Poor Creek valley, the old routes that occasionally split off offer a glimpse of a part of America that is being forgotten. An excellent case study is Ewing.

Ewing, Virginia theater.

Theatre.

Ewing, Virginia Texaco Service Station

Texaco service station.

Historic residence...

Historic residence…

...turned into storage facility office, now closed.

…turned into storage facility office, now closed.

Former Gulf station in Ewing.

Former Gulf station in Ewing.

Ewing, Virginia

Ewing, Virginia

The service station was last used in 1970.