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The Richmond-Petersburg Railroad Bridge

 
 
The Richmond-Petersburg Railroad Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
1. The Richmond-Petersburg Railroad Bridge Marker
Inscription. The expansion of railroads in the 1830s fueled the growth of iron works like Tredegar, and by the Civil War, five railroads had come into Richmond. The Richmond-Petersburg was the first railroad bridge in the city. It was built by Moncure Robinson, a Virginia native who engineered many early American railroad lines. Completed to Manchester, now part of Richmond, in 1838, the structure was 2,844 feet in length and stood 60 feet above the James River. Constructed primarily out of pine planks, the bridge seemed “air built,” and perhaps dangerous to many Richmonders.
 
Location. 37° 32.176′ N, 77° 26.723′ 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 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. Company Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Cupolas from the Virginia State Penitentiary (within shouting distance of this marker); Rutherfoord’s Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Tredegar Iron Works
The First Richmond-Petersburg Railroad Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
2. The First Richmond-Petersburg Railroad Bridge
(within shouting distance of this marker); Tredegar Spike Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Raceways (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Tredegar Iron Works (about 300 feet away); The Cupola Furnace and Foundry (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. On the left and center are images of the R&P Railroad Bridge with the caption, "The first bridge burned during the evacuation fire in 1865. You can see its large stone pilings in the viewer. The 1873 photograph to the right shows the rebuilt bridge, looking back toward Richmond."

In the center are two smaller photographs with the caption, "Sparks from a passing locomotive caused the bridge to burn again in 1882, and a steel structure was erected on the stone piers. The fourth and final bridge was built in the early 1900s on the smaller concrete pilings just beside the original location, which also can be seen through the viewer."

On the right are a portrait of Moncure Robinson and a painting of the R&P Railroad Bridge across the James River.
 
Also see . . .
Rebuilt Richmond-Petersburg Railroad Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
3. Rebuilt Richmond-Petersburg Railroad Bridge

1. Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Richmond & Petersburg Railroad. Confederate Railroads (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Moncure Robinson image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
4. Moncure Robinson
View of the Richmond-Petersburg Railroad Bridge over the James River image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
5. View of the Richmond-Petersburg Railroad Bridge over the James River
The Richmond-Petersburg Railroad Bridge Marker at Tredegar image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
6. The Richmond-Petersburg Railroad Bridge Marker at Tredegar
Ruins of State Arsenal and Richmond & Petersburg Railroad Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Gardner, 1865
7. Ruins of State Arsenal and Richmond & Petersburg Railroad Bridge
Library of Congress [LC-B817- 7236]
Ruins of Richmond & Petersburg Railroad Bridge from island in James River image. Click for full size.
By Alexander Gardner, Apr 1865
8. Ruins of Richmond & Petersburg Railroad Bridge from island in James River
Library of Congress [LC-B815- 846]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,488 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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