Construction and demolition marked the 1970s in the Lynchburg area as seen through the rich photo archives of The News & Advance. The 20-story Fidelity National Bank building went up downtown, the city’s tallest building, after the razing of several old buildings near 9th and Main streets. Annexation brought a new high school to the city, Heritage. The decade also saw the razing of the former Dunbar High School, in many ways the heartbeat of the city’s black community. Lynchburg Baptist College broke ground at the old Montview Farm off Candlers Mountain Road. Fires took out some downtown buildings, and cost the lives of two city firefighters. The decade also saw the beginning of the Virginia 10 Miler; the homecoming of POW David Harker, which brought thousands to Lynchburg’s airport to greet him; and at least two celebrities to the area – Bob Hope and Liz Taylor.
From the archives: The 1970s in the Lynchburg area