The Courage Of Frank Padget

The Courage Of Frank Padget (HM19KF)

Location: Big Island, VA 24526 Amherst County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 36.433', W 79° 25.85'

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Heavy rains early in 1854 left the James River and the treacherous Balcony Falls, south of this site, in full flood. On 21 January the towrope of the canal boat, Clinton, snapped. Washed over the Mountain Dam and through successive falls, its passengers became stranded in the raging waters. Braving the dangerous river, Frank Padgett, an enslaved boatman, skillfully led a crew of five rescuers who successfully saved dozens of the stranded passengers. While he was attempting to rescue the last passenger, Padgett's craft was broken on the rocks. Unable to fight the rushing current, Padgett drowned
HM NumberHM19KF
Marker NumberZ-119
Year Placed2007
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 9:06am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 638504 N 4163393
Decimal Degrees37.60721667, -79.43083333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 36.433', W 79° 25.85'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 36' 25.98" N, 79° 25' 51.00" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1312 Virginia Byway, Big Island VA 24526, US
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