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Glasgow in Rockbridge County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Frank Padget Water Tragedy

 
 
Frank Padget Water Tragedy Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 18, 2011
1. Frank Padget Water Tragedy Marker
Inscription. Heavy rains in late Jan. 1854 left the James River and the treacherous Balcony Falls in full flood. On 21 Jan., the canal boat Clinton and its passengers became stranded in the raging waters. Frank Padget, a skilled boatman and slave, led four other men to rescue them. In a heroic attempt to save the last passenger, Padget drowned, unable to fight the rushing current. Capt. Edward Echols, who witnessed Padget’s act, was so moved he commissioned the construction of a granite obelisk monument that was erected beside Lock 16 of the Blue Ridge Canal. It now stands here in Glasgow’s Centennial Park.
 
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number L-63.)
 
Location. 37° 38.031′ N, 79° 27.029′ W. Marker is in Glasgow, Virginia, in Rockbridge County. Marker is at the intersection of Blue Ridge Road (County Route 684) and McCulloch Street, on the right on Blue Ridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glasgow VA 24555, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Frank Padget Water Tragedy Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 18, 2011
2. Frank Padget Water Tragedy Marker
within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frank Padget (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian and Settler Conflict (approx. 0.6 miles away); Amherst County/Rockbridge County (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Courage Of Frank Padget (approx. 2.1 miles away); Falling Spring Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Natural Bridge (approx. 5.1 miles away); A Miracle in Stone ... Old as the Dawn (approx. 5.1 miles away); a different marker also named Natural Bridge (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glasgow.
 
Also see . . .  The History of Glasgow. “The text above is from the historical marker erected in 2003 in Centennial Park on Blue Ridge Road. The wording was written by local high school student. Frank Padget, an African American resident, saved many lives before losing his own. His story is one of selfless action in the face of grave danger.” (Submitted on November 26, 2011.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansAntebellum South, USHeroesWaterways & Vessels
 
Centennial Park, 1892-1992, Glasgow, Virginia image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 18, 2011
3. Centennial Park, 1892-1992, Glasgow, Virginia
Frank Padget Obelisk image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 18, 2011
4. Frank Padget Obelisk
This obelisk was first erected on the Blue Ridge Canal at Lock 16.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 553 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 26, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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