“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Colonial Heights, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Electric Railway

Electric Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, August 4, 2007
1. Electric Railway Marker
Inscription.  Located here was Stop 54 on the electric interurban railway line between Richmond and Petersburg. Opened in 1902 by the Virginia Passenger and Power Co., the line crossed Swift Creek on a steel truss bridge and followed Ashby Avenue to its intersection here with the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike. Turning south, the line followed the Boulevard to Stop 66 (Chesterfield Ave.) and crossed the Appomattox River on a trestle. Stone and Webster purchased the line in 1925, renamed it the Virginia Electric and Power Company and replaced the trestle with the Appomattox River Bridge. Electric rail operations ceased on 31 Aug. 1936.
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S-35.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1902.
Location. 37° 16.748′ N, 77° 24.745′ W. Marker is in Colonial Heights, Virginia. Marker is on The Boulevard (U.S. 1) half a mile
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south of Harrowgate Road (Virginia Route 144), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colonial Heights VA 23834, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Brave to Madness" (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Swift Creek (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Army Checked (approx. half a mile away); Swift Creek Battlefield: A Landscape of Change (approx. half a mile away); Ellerslie (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Ellerslie (approx. ¾ mile away); Dunlop's Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dunlop Station (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Heights.
Additional keywords. VEPCO
Marker along The Boulevard (US1) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, August 4, 2007
2. Marker along The Boulevard (US1)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,603 times since then and 116 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 5, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 21, 2023