Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Great Turning Basin
This lock “footprint” is the same width as a real lock but only sixty feet long. The locks were generally 15 feet wide and 100 feet long. Two of the original locks are preserved intact in the Tidewater Connection Locks Park, three blocks away at 12th and Byrd Streets.
These locks represented a craftsmanship perhaps never to be seen again. The vision of the canal and lock builders was an important part of the early development of Richmond and Virginia.
When the Downtown Expressway was constructed in 1974, the stones in two of these locks were photographed, numbered, carefully removed, and stored by the Richmond Metropolitan Authority for future use. The stones are currently on loan from the Authority.
This Plaza has been constructed by Faison Associates. The Plaza was designed by M. Paul Friedberg, Landscape Architect, in collaboration with Jim Sanborn, sculptor.
Location. Touch for map. This marker is located in James Center Plaza. 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. The Treasury Building of the Confederate States of America (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1201 East Cary Street (about 500 feet away); Richmond Evacuation Fire (about 600 feet away); The First National Bank Building (about 600 feet away); Gallego Mills (about 600 feet away); Inside A Flour Mill (about 700 feet away); The Flour Trade (about 700 feet away); 1200 Block East Cary Street (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . .
1. James Center History. Most of what is now James Center was occupied by the Great Turning Basin of the James River and Kanawha Canal. (Submitted on January 17, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District. National Park Service (Submitted on January 18, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,286 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 17, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.