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Leesylvania State Park in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Powells Creek Crossing

 
 
Powells Creek Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
1. Powells Creek Crossing Marker
Inscription. Efforts began in 1864, but it wasn’t until July 2, 1872, with the aid of the Pennsylvania Railroad, that this section of rail line opened for service. The crossing at Powell’s Creek was 1,100 feet in length and constructed of heavy timber supplied by the Troth and Willis lumberyard located on Neabsco Creek next to the park entrance. White and black oak, poplar, gum, and beech provided all of the wood necessary for bridges between Quantico and Washington. The line eventually came under the ownership of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad, who in 1928 replaced the original timber bridge with a concrete deck bridge that allowed for larger and faster trains. The wooden trestle and numerous curves of the original track limited the speed in the area to not more than 20 miles per hour. At the time of its replacement, the crossing at Powells Creek was the last wooden trestle bridge on the line. During very low tides you can still see remains of wood pilings that once supported the bridge.
 
Erected by Leesylvania State Park.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 38° 35.116′ N, 77° 15.757′ W. Marker is in Leesylvania State Park, Virginia
Powells Creek Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
2. Powells Creek Crossing Marker
, in Prince William County. Marker is on Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seasonal Encampments (approx. 0.3 miles away); Annoying the Enemy (approx. 0.4 miles away); War in the Chesapeake (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pollution Solution (approx. half a mile away); Mill Wheel (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Lee and Fairfax Family Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Lee Family Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); A Railroad Runs Through It (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Leesylvania State Park.
 
More about this marker. On the left is an “artist’s rendition of the wooden trestle bridge that crossed Powells creek at this location.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels
 
Powells Creek Crossing image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
3. Powells Creek Crossing
Old pilings next to modern concrete deck bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,019 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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