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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Tidewater Connection Locks

 
 
Tidewater Connection Locks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
1. Tidewater Connection Locks Marker
Inscription. In 1854 the Tidewater Connection Locks linked the canal basin to the Jame River tidewater below Richmond. The system contained five granite locks, each measuring 15 x 100 feet. This resulted in a flight of water stairs that lowered boats a total of 69 feet within a distance of 3½ blocks. A sixth lock, the Great Ship Lock, was located just 1½ miles east near Pear Street. Traffic on the canal peaked in the late 1850's following completion of the Tidewater Connection Locks. However, the canal suffered heavily with the expansion of railroads. In 1880 the canal was sold to the predecessor of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway System (now CSX) and the towpath was largely converted to rail beds.
 
Location. 37° 32.055′ N, 77° 26.161′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of South 12th Street and East Byrd Street, on the left when traveling south on South 12th Street. Click for map. This marker is on the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James River & Kanawha Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Christopher Newport Cross / Canal Walk (within shouting distance of this
Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
2. Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk
marker); Christopher Newport Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Electric Trolley (within shouting distance of this marker); Gallego Mill Flume (within shouting distance of this marker); The Flour Trade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Inside A Flour Mill (about 300 feet away); Gallego Mills (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. On the left of the panel is a map carrying the caption, "Left: Detail from Illustrated Atlas of the City of Richmond, Va. by F.W. Beers published in 1876. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

On the top right of the panel is a photo carrying the caption, "Above: Peachy Griffin and his wife in front of the James River and Kanawha Canal's lockkeeper's house at Lock #4. Courtesy of Dementi Studio

This marker is replicated along the Canal Walk.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmondís Historic Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Tidewater Connection Locks image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
3. Tidewater Connection Locks
 

2. James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District. National Park Service (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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Nearby Historic Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
4. Nearby Historic Landmark Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 782 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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