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Headgate Cleaner

 
 
Headgate Cleaner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 31, 2013
1. Headgate Cleaner Marker
Inscription. Water leading to the power plant was kept clean by passing it through slats in the headgate called trash racks. Bits of wood can wear away the edges of turbine blades and make them unbalanced. Repair was complicated and expensive.

This "mechanical rake" kept the trash racks clean of leaves and small debris. Notice how the steel teeth fit between the metal slats and could slide up and down. The wheels rode on the rails which now have handrails attached.

The log jam is now a home for fish turtles and birds.
Sign funded by the students at Collegiate High School
 
Erected by James River Park System.
 
Location. 37° 31.629′ N, 77° 27.386′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Tredegar Street 0.3 miles west of South 5th Street. Click for map. Located on Belle Isle which can be reached via a pedestrian bridge from the north bank of the river. 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. Headgate (a few steps from this marker); Gun Emplacement (within shouting distance of this marker); First Break Rapids
Headgate Cleaner image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 31, 2013
2. Headgate Cleaner
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quarry Pond (about 700 feet away); Belle Isle Hydro Plant (about 700 feet away); Quarry Equipment (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hollywood Rapids (approx. mile away); Belle Isle Rolling Milling and Slitting Manufactory (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 199 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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