Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
The river signified both friend and enemy to the industrialists and residents here. As long as it stayed within its banks, the factories and mills harnessed its power to run machinery. When the Shenandoah ranged out of control, however, its once friendly power destroyed everything in its path.
The Shenandoah and its branches flow 150 miles through the fertile Shenandoah Valley, once described as "the breadbasket of the Confederacy." It empties into the Potomac River just downstream at Harpers Ferry.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 19.249′ N, 77° 44.07′ W. Marker was in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker could be reached from Shenandoah Street (Business U.S. 340), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on Virginius Island in Harpers Ferry National Historic Site. Marker was in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Water Tunnels (a few steps from this marker); Cotton Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginius Island Trail (was about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing. ); Shenandoah Canal (about 400 feet away); River Wall (about 600 feet away); Jonathan Child House (about 600 feet away); Jefferson Rock (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Jefferson Rock (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a map of the Shenandoah Valley showing the course of the Shenandoah River. In the upper right is An 1864 drawing of the Shenandoah Valley from Maryland Heights, located across the Potomac River from Harpers Ferry.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Natural Features •
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