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Headgate

 
 
Headgate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 31, 2013
1. Headgate Marker
Inscription. The river brings logs and debris with every flood, but clear water is needed to push the turbine blades that turn electric generators. Logs were floated away through the gate in the dam straight ahead. (Look under the wheel.) Small debris was caught on the steel slats ("rack") under the walkway and cleaned off with the "rolling rake" to your right. (Note the steel rails in the walkway to which the handrails are now attached.)

The water went through this strainer, into the canal and to the hydro electric plant 200 yards to your left. This "raceway" is now full of trees, but the stone wall is visible along the side.

The high cost of maintenance made the electricity produced by the river energy unable to compete with that from inexpensive fossil fuels. The operation ceased in 19767.
Sign funded by the students at Collegiate High School
 
Erected by James River Park System.
 
Location. 37° 31.628′ N, 77° 27.374′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on Tredegar Street 0.3 miles west of South 5th Street. Touch for map. Located on Belle Isle which can be reached via a pedestrian bridge from the north bank of the river. Marker is at or near this postal address: 470 Tredegar Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Headgate image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 31, 2013
2. Headgate
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Headgate Cleaner (a few steps from this marker); Gun Emplacement (within shouting distance of this marker); First Break Rapids (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Belle Isle Hydro Plant (about 600 feet away); Quarry Pond (about 600 feet away); Quarry Equipment (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hollywood Rapids (approx. mile away); Belle Isle Rolling Milling and Slitting Manufactory (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 1, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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