James River Historical

James River Historical (HM1T4U)

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

N 37° 33.313', W 79° 21.965'

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The James River flows from the mountains through Lynchburg and Richmond to the coast. It is the largest river in Virginia and, historically, one of the state's most important transportation corridors.Before the Civil War, investors built a canal from Richmond to Buchanan, about 20 miles southwest of here. This canal, the Kanawha, made river transportation safer and more reliable. Tow barges and packet boats, laden with flour, wheat, pig iron, and dry goods, made regular runs up and down the James.The rapid expansion of railroads during the middle to late 1800s rendered the James River and Kanawha Canal obsolete. Today, this restored lock is a reminder of the colorful transportation history of Virginia and proof that not all mountain farmers lived in isolation.
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HM NumberHM1T4U
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Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 18th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 644320 N 4157721
Decimal Degrees37.55521667, -79.36608333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 33.313', W 79° 21.965'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 33' 18.78" N, 79° 21' 57.9" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)434
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Blue Ridge Pkwy, Big Island VA 24526, US
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