Crimora, Virginia

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Crimora is a census-designated place (CDP) in Augusta County, Virginia, United States. The population was 1,796 at the 2000 census. It is part of the StauntonWaynesboro Micropolitan Statistical Area.

"Crimora Coneja" is a rare seaslug found only off the coast of California. Its connection with the naming of Crimora, Virginia is unknown.

What put Crimora on the map was the Crimora Magenese Mine that started in 1866. The mineral Maganese was used in the production of steel. At one time the mining operations here were among the largest in the world. The mines are located at the foothills of the mountains of the Shenandoah National Park. They are two miles east of Crimora Station on the Norfolk Southern railroad formerly known as the Shenandoah valley railroad. Crimora Station was located at mile post 136.9. The station is no longer there. The remains of the mine consist of three adjoining man-made lakes that range from 20 to 100 ft. deep, with underwater shafts connecting multiple water sources around the Crimora area.

Local legend tells a story of how construction machines are at the bottom of one or more of these lakes because of a busted aquifer main that filled the lakes quicker than the equipment could be removed. There is also said to be cars and a entire school bus in there as well, but it is unknown whether these are true facts or a fantasized urban legend.

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Geography

Crimora is located at 38°9′39″N 78°50′21″W / 38.16083°N 78.83917°W / 38.16083; -78.83917 (38.160845, -78.839088).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km²), all of it land.

Crimora is located roughly 5 miles North of Waynesboro, Virginia on U.S Route 340 known as Eastside Highway. It is a U.S Primary and has locally been called "The Bloody Highway" because of the above average crash statistics for Augusta county. Route 340 was widen to a 5 lane unlimited access highway back in 2002 in Crimora's village center but it is only 0.6 miles in length. VDOT plans to eventually widen North 340 from Waynesboro to Grottoes,VA.

Turk Mountain is the prominent landmark of Crimora and has a giant boulder on the north end of its summit. The boulder is accessible by foot from the Shenandoah National Park and The Appalachian Trail, the overlook has majestic views of Crimora and surrounding areas. Turk Mountain lane is a collector road that has a terminus directly below the Turk Mountain overlook and is the southern limit of Crimora's CDA (Community Development Area).90 % of Crimora's newest housing stock has sprung up near Turk mountain lane in Northwood and Vesper View Subdivision's. The final phase of Vesper view is not yet built.

Other Landmarks include Davis Mountain and Wildcat ridge seen on the northern end of Crimora's Sampson area. The Crimora Overlook is a automobile friendly pull off that lies directly on the Shenandoah National Park and can be seen above Wildcat ridge on a summit further east. The Crimora Community Center is a historic landmark that was built as a school in 1920. Around 2005 Augusta County built a town park beside the Community center on the banks of the South River.

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