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

Tredegar in 1951

 
 
Tredegar in 1951 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
1. Tredegar in 1951 Marker
Inscription. The lines in the parking lot represent the outlines of building shown on the 1951 insurance map of Tredegar, below. Three machine shops were constructed in 1872 to manufacture railroad cars and were converted to boiler and machine hops around 1884-1887. By 1887, a series of buildings, represented by lines to the right, had been constructed for the production of horseshoes at Tredegar, including a forge, a machine shop, and storage sheds.

Machine Shops
These buildings were long and narrow so that power for equipment could be transmitted through a long system of line shafting that ran along the ceiling. These turned belts that powered lathes, shapers, and other machine equipment.

Workers at the Horseshoe Shops
Workers at the Horseshoe Shops included skilled machinists and iron workers, semi-skilled horseshoe machine operators, and unskilled laborers who moved the raw materials and finished products. Both black and white men worked in the mills, but whites held the majority of skilled jobs.
 
Location. 37° 32.127′ N, 77° 26.78′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Tredegar Street 0.1 miles west of South 5th Street. Touch for map. This marker is located outside the Civil War Visitor
Tredegar in 1951 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
2. Tredegar in 1951 Marker
Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Marker is at or near this postal address: 470 Tredegar Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Belle Isle and Old Dominion Iron and Nail Works (here, next to this marker); The Bulldozer Press (a few steps from this marker); President Lincoln Visits Richmond (a few steps from this marker); Belle Isle Prison (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Turbine (within shouting distance of this marker); Adapting Power (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Industrial Patterns (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Tredegar (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Regarding Tredegar in 1951. On the upper left is a photograph of belt-driven machine shop equipment.

The background diagram of Tredegar's layout carries the caption, "This 1951 insurance map shows what buildings existed during the period. Those that remain today are shown in three-dimensions."

On the lower right is a photograph of workers at Tredegar's Horseshoe Shops.
 
Also see . . .
1. Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Richmond National
Lines in the parking lot represent the outlines of buildings image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
3. Lines in the parking lot represent the outlines of buildings
Battlefield Park (Submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. (Submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 664 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on November 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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