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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Center of Industry in 18th and 19th Century Richmond

 
 
The Center of Industry in 18th and 19th Century Richmond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
1. The Center of Industry in 18th and 19th Century Richmond Marker
Inscription. Her, beside the Falls of the James River, the foundation of Richmond's industry and commerce was built. The canal was the vital artery of transportation and the source of water power that nurtured industry's growth. Grain, hides, tobacco, cotton, wood, iron and coal were brought down the canal from the developing up country of Virginia. Finished products were then transported on the canal to Richmond's deepwater port below the fall line. The city became the center of industry south of the Potomac with flour mills, iron foundries, paper mills, tanneries and tobacco manufacturing. This area of the city was largely destroyed during the Great Conflagration of 1865, but the foundation of Richmond industry laid here has grown and prospered, encouraging a climate for economic development that continues today.
 
Location. 37° 32.023′ N, 77° 26.102′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Virginia Street near East Byrd Street. Touch for map. This marker is affixed to the 13th Street bridge along the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk between Virginia Street and S 12th Street. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 13th Street Bridge (here, next to this marker); A Bateau Pole
13th Street Bridge. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
2. 13th Street Bridge.
(a few steps from this marker); Gallego Mill Flume (within shouting distance of this marker); Tidewater Connection Locks (within shouting distance of this marker); Tidewater Lock View (within shouting distance of this marker); James River & Kanawha Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Ross' Mill Race (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Electric Trolley (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmondís Historic Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District. National Park Service (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
James River & Kanawha Canal image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
3. James River & Kanawha Canal
Richmond, Virginia. Ruins along the canal. image. Click for full size.
Apr 1865
4. Richmond, Virginia. Ruins along the canal.
This area of the city was largely destroyed during the Great Conflagration of 1865 as Confederates evacuated the city. Library of Congress [LC-B811- 3150]
Richmond, Va. Ruined buildings on banks of the Canal Basin. image. Click for full size.
1865
5. Richmond, Va. Ruined buildings on banks of the Canal Basin.
This area of the city was largely destroyed during the Great Conflagration of 1865 as Confederates evacuated the city. Library of Congress [LC-B811- 3247]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,014 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on November 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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