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Hollywood Rapids

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, March 31, 2013
1. Hollywood Rapids Marker
Inscription. The rapids to your left are named for the cemetery on the hill straight ahead. The granite rocks that cause them are part of a geological scar that stretches 1000 miles from New Jersey to Georgia. It resulted from the clash of the continents of Africa and North America 250 million years ago.

The curved shaped rocks are the result of silt in the river grinding down the granite. Flat and sharp-edged rocks (seen at low water levels) are a result of former quarrying operations. Some curb and cobblestones downtown probably came from here.

The white water is a result of river current falling back up stream after it goes over a rock. It can be easily seen in the small riffles below you. Can you also find the miniature V-shaped tongues of smooth water that mark the entrances to even tiny rapids?
Funded by a donation to the J.R.P. Fund by Blue Ridge Mt. Sports
 
Erected by James River Park System.
 
Location. 37° 31.797′ N, 77° 27.208′ 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
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By Bernard Fisher, March 31, 2013
2. Hollywood Rapids Marker
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. Native American Fishing (within shouting distance of this marker); Quarry Equipment (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Belle Isle Rolling Milling and Slitting Manufactory (about 600 feet away); Ironworks Oil House (about 600 feet away); Canons and Corpses (about 600 feet away); Cannon over the Camp (about 700 feet away); Belle Isle Hydro Plant (about 800 feet away); Quarry Pond (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
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By Bernard Fisher, March 31, 2013
3. Hollywood Rapids
Great Blue Heron on the James River below Hollywood Cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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