Raleigh in Wake County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Mid-1800s — Paper Mill
In the mid-1800s, the original Miburnie Dam was only eight feet tall and made of wood. Water flowing over this dam powered a paper mill, reportedly destroyed during Union occupation in April 1865.
Early-1900s — Hydroelectric Plant
Around 1900, the dam was rebuilt with rock and masonry and a hydroelectric plant was added. Electricity from this plant powered Raleigh's streetcars via a 6,600 volt line that ran six miles into Raleigh. The plant was in use several years before it was dismantled.
Mid-1930s — Gristmill
In the mid-1930s, water flowing over the dam powered a gristmill where farmers could bring corn to be ground into meal or flour. The mill stopped operation in the 1940s and later the building burned.
1980s — Hydroelectric Plant
Another hydroelectric plant was built on the Milburnie Dam in the early 1980s. It was operational for several years
Today — Wildlife Habitat
Although the dam is no longer used to grind corn or make electricity, the impounded waters behind the dam have created wildlife habitat. Areas of deep, slow-moving water and the adjacent wetlands are home to to fish, beavers, water snakes, hawks, herons, turtles and more.
When old dams no longer serve their original purpose, they are sometimes removed to restore rivers to their original channels. This could be the fate of Milburnie Dam which would bring both hydrologic and wildlife habitat changes to this area of the Neuse River.
Map of Milburnie Dam and Neuse River Trail. Notice the large wetlands on the east side of the river behind the dam.
Raleigh Street Car from the early 1900s.
Downstream of Milburnie Dam – Old powerhouse structure from 1980s is on the left.
Location. 35° 47.95′ N, 78° 32.45′ W. Marker is in Raleigh, North Carolina, in Wake County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Allen Drive and Raleigh Beach Road. Located on the Neuse River Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Raleigh NC 27610, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. River Crossing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stone's Mills St. Augustine's College (approx. 4.8 miles away); Pettigrew Hospital (approx. 4.8 miles away); First N.C. State Fair (approx. 4.8 miles away); William Ruffin Cox (approx. 4.8 miles away); Worth Bagley (approx. 4.8 miles away); Charles N. Hunter (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Raleigh.
Also see . . . Neuse River Greenway Trail. (Submitted on October 31, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 31, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on May 25, 2016, by Mekhi Joshua of Nuese River Park West, Khightdale, North Carolina. 4. submitted on October 31, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.