Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Head Gates and Inner Basin
After passing through the head gates, the water was stored in the inner basin until dispersed via raceways and tunnels to the mills and factories. Over time, silt and sand accumulated and eventually filled the basin.
Location. 39° 19.269′ N, 77° 44.27′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can 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 is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. House Ruins (a few steps from this marker); Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); River Wall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Island Mills (about 400 feet away); Jonathan Child House Island Access (about 600 feet away); Shenandoah Pulp Factory (about 800 feet away); Water Tunnels (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
More about this marker. In the upper portion of the marker is a photo captioned Virginius Island's waterpower system in 1882.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 682 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.