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Near Richmond in Chittenden County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Huntington Gorge / Deaths at the Huntington Gorge

Site of Richmondís first grist mill and electric generating plant

 
 
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By Kevin Craft, July 31, 2015
1. Huntington Gorge Marker
(First side)
Inscription.
Huntington Gorge
By 1802, John Preston had built a grist mill here at Richmondís best water-power site. It was operated continuously for a century, last of all by the Robinson family. The Richmond Light and Power Co. converted the mill in 1903 to generate the villageís first electricity. Other 19th-century mills here included cider, wool carding and cloth dressing, woodturning, and underclothing.

Deaths at the Huntington Gorge
Eighteen people drowned here between 1950 and 1994. Most were swimmers caught by treacherous and deceptive currents that pulled them over the falls or sucked them down to the bottom of pools. Among those who drowned:
Marjorie, age 21, 1950 / Robert, age 25, 1972 / Carathray, age 24, 1976
William, 16, 1961 / Dennis, 19, 1973 / Scott, 18, 1985
Brian, 20, 1969 / Rosemary, 22, 1975 / Kevin, 21, 1992
Robert, 19, 1969 / Michael, 21, 1976 / Gary, 35, 1992
Daniel, 19, 1969 / Carol, 21, 1976 / Cathy, 36, 1994
Robert, 21, 1971 / Charles, 24, 1976 / Peter, 32, 1994

 
Erected 1995 by State of Vermont.
 
Location. 44° 22.101′ N, 72° 58.106′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Vermont, in Chittenden County. Marker is on Dugway
Huntington Gorge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 31, 2015
2. Huntington Gorge Marker
(Second side)
Road 1.5 miles east of Huntington Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VT 05477, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Edmunds' Birthplace (approx. 2 miles away); A Tribute to the Cochran Family of Richmond, VT (approx. 2.6 miles away); Richmond's Fallen Son (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Citizens of Richmond (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Round Church / Richmond, Vermont (approx. 2.6 miles away); Early Black Settlers (approx. 6.1 miles away); "Snowflake" Bentley (approx. 7 miles away); Chester Arthur (approx. 7.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Huntington Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 31, 2015
3. Huntington Gorge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 7, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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