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

Industrial Recycling

 
 
Industrial Recycling Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
1. Industrial Recycling Marker
Inscription. Iron companies in the late 1800s began melting down scrap metal from old machines and parts to make new products, just as we recycle materials like aluminum cans today. The “car wheel crusher” that stood here broke up old railroad car wheels so that the pieces could be melted and reshaped. A large weight was dropped on the wheels to break them.
 
Location. 37° 32.135′ N, 77° 26.829′ 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. Making Machines at Tredegar (within shouting distance of this marker); Neighborhoods at Tredegar (within shouting distance of this marker); Tredegar Rolling Mills (within shouting distance of this marker); Belle Isle Prison (within shouting distance of this marker); Belle Isle and Old Dominion Iron and Nail Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Tredegar in 1951
Railroad car wheels found during site restoration. image. Click for full size.
November 8, 2009
2. Railroad car wheels found during site restoration.
(within shouting distance of this marker); President Lincoln Visits Richmond (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bulldozer Press (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a photograph with the caption, "Many railroad car wheels were found during site restoration."

On the right is a photograph of a rail line dump site with the caption, "Photographs of the Tredegar Iron Works show large scrap piles throughout the grounds. This photograph looking east shows a pile just below your location."
 
Also see . . .
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. Tredegar Iron Works. National Park Service (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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Scrap pile for recycling image. Click for full size.
November 8, 2009
3. Scrap pile for recycling
Industrial Recycling Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
4. Industrial Recycling Marker
Looking east toward the scrap pile site image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
5. Looking east toward the scrap pile site
 
 
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 603 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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