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Collis Potter Huntington

as a young man

 
 
Collis Potter Huntington Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
1. Collis Potter Huntington Statue
Inscription.
Born October 22, 1821, Harwinton, Connecticut
Died August 13, 1900, “Pine Knot Camp.” New York
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Sculpted and presented
by
Anna Hyatt Huntington
Dedicated October 22, 1966

Right of Monument:
Collis Potter Huntington
Founder, 1869 – 1881
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Deep-Water Terminal
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“This is a point so designed and adapted by nature that it will require comparatively little at the hands of man to fit it for our purpose. The roadstead, well known to all maritime circles, is large enough to float the ocean commerce of the world.”
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“It’s the best half acre in the world.”

Back of Monument:
Collis Potter Huntington
Founder, 1871 – 1896
City of Newport News
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“I was first there in 1837, and thought then that there was no better place in this country for
a city, which should sometime be the greatest in the United States.”
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Tribute by Joaquin Miller – 1897:
“To Collis P. Huntington, who has done the greater west and
south more enduring good than any other living man.”

Left of Monument:
Collis Potter Huntington
Founder, 1886 –
Front of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
2. Front of Monument
1890
Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company
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“We shall build good ships here, at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always good ships.”
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“I am particularly anxious for the sake of the old flag and what it shall represent on the high seas, that the Newport News Shipyard shall turn out for the nation splendid vessels of which the country and the builders may be proud.”

 
Erected 1966 by Anna Hyatt Huntington.
 
Location. 36° 58.665′ N, 76° 26.062′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Avenue and 27th Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at the waterfront in Christopher Newport Park. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23607, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Newport News Point (a few steps from this marker); Congress – Cumberland (a few steps from this marker); A Nameless Grave (within shouting distance of this marker); A Great Confederate Naval Victory (within shouting distance of this marker); Newport News
Right Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
3. Right Side of Monument
(within shouting distance of this marker); Headquarters, Hampton Roads (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Newport News Victory Arch (about 700 feet away); The Victory Arch (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport News.
 
Also see . . .  Biography of Collis Potter Huntington. (Submitted on March 2, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Back of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
4. Back of Monument
Left Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
5. Left Side of Monument
Collis Potter Huntington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
6. Collis Potter Huntington Marker
The statue of Collis Huntington looks out over the waters of Hampton Roads.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 999 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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