Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge
From where you now stand, you can see the bridge abutments and terminus of the former Richmond and Petersburg Railroad bridge. When it was built in 1838, this trestle bridge stood 61 feet above the river at low water and was 2,867.5 feet long (a little over half a mile). The trestle stood 16 feet off the 18 piers of granite, which were quarried from the James River itself. It was destroyed by fire when the Confederates evacuated Richmond in 1865, and was rebuilt the following year. That bridge burned again
James River Recreation
As long as there have been people in this region, they have been coming to the James River for food and recreation. Ancient anchors for fish traps, and fishing holes carved by Native Americans can still be seen amongst the rocks. By the 19th Century, local children had already found and named their favorite swimming holes and frolicked among the rocks in the hot summer months. Even a young Edgar Allan Poe was known to be a great James River swimmer.
For more information, visit us across the river at the Tredegar Visitor Center or at our websites, www.nps.gov/rich and www.nps.gov/mawa
Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge, 1894.
April 1865 image of African American women, only a few days after the end of slavery in Virginia, lounging on the rocks of the James a few yards in front of where you now stand.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 37° 31.769′ N, 77° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23224, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harnessing the River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Dominion Iron & Steel Company (approx. ¼ mile away); The Falls of the James (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Belle Isle (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cannon over the Camp (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civil War POW Camp (approx. 0.3 miles away); Canons and Corpses (approx. 0.3 miles away); Belle Isle Prison Camp Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . . Richmond National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on December 3, 2019.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil •
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 3, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 5. submitted on December 3, 2019.