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Making Machines at Tredegar

 
 
Making Machines at Tredegar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
1. Making Machines at Tredegar Marker
Inscription. During the 1880ís the Tredegar Iron Works made many of the specialized machines necessary in iron production. This was especially true for machinery used in the rolling mills. Two major parts of the stand of rolls you see in the display behind you, were made at Tredegar–the rolls which shape the metal, and the large housings that hold the rolls and gears together.

The rolls were turned on the lathe displayed here. The lathe copies the form of an already shaped piece.
 
Location. 37° 32.121′ N, 77° 26.824′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Tredegar Street 0.1 miles west of South 5th Street. Click for map. This marker is located outside the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Marker is at or near this postal address: 470 Tredegar Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tredegar Rolling Mills (a few steps from this marker); Industrial Recycling (within shouting distance of this marker); Belle Isle Prison (within shouting distance of this marker); Neighborhoods at Tredegar (within shouting distance of this marker); Belle Isle and Old Dominion Iron and Nail Works
George Perrini at the lathe image. Click for full size.
November 3, 2009
2. George Perrini at the lathe
The lathe in this photograph taken in the late 19th century was being used to turn rolls, but according to George Perrini, an old Tredegar hand shown here, the lathe had been used in the Civil War to turn cannon.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Horseshoe Shops (within shouting distance of this marker); Tredegar in 1951 (within shouting distance of this marker); Tredegar in the Twentieth Century / Then and Now (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a photograph with the caption, "The lathe in this photograph taken in the late 19th century was being used to turn rolls, but according to George Perrini, an old Tredegar hand shown here, the lathe had been used in the Civil War to turn cannon."
 
Also see . . .
1. Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on November 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Tredegar Iron Works. National Park Service (Submitted on November 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
Tredegar Lathe image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
3. Tredegar Lathe
Tredegar Lathe image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
4. Tredegar Lathe
Tredegar Rolling Mill image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
5. Tredegar Rolling Mill
The Bulldozer Press image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
6. The Bulldozer Press
The earth-moving machine we call a “bulldozer” got its name from this type of press. This bulldozer press, made by Williams and White, shapes and straightens pieces of metal.
Bulldozer Press Display image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
7. Bulldozer Press Display
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 782 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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