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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

River Wall

 
 
River Wall Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
1. River Wall Marker
Inscription. The Harpers Ferry & Shenandoah Manufacturing Company built this stone wall about 1848 as part of the hydraulic system for its two cotton mils and other shops downstream. This extensive retaining wall formed part of the berm separating the inner basin from the river. Water flowed from the inner basin into the tunnels which led to the factories.
 
Location. 39° 19.261′ N, 77° 44.187′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Shenandoah Street (Business U.S. 340), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located on Virginius Island in Harpers Ferry National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jonathan Child House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Island Mills (about 300 feet away); House Ruins (about 400 feet away); Head Gates and Inner Basin (about 400 feet away); Railroads (about 500 feet away); Island Access (about 500 feet away); Water Tunnels (about 500 feet away); Shenandoah River (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
More about this marker. In the upper half of the marker is a photo of Virginius
River Wall Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
2. River Wall Marker
Island circa 1892, showing the inner basin and the river wall.

 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Portion of the River Wall Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
3. Portion of the River Wall
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 626 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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