The Courage of Frank Padget Historical

The Courage of Frank Padget Historical (HM1TOU)

Location: Amherst, VA 24521 Amherst County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 35.187', W 79° 3.097'

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Heavy rains early in 1854 left the James River and the treacherous Balcony Falls 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 Padget, 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, Padget's craft was broken on the rocks. Unable to fight the rushing current, Padget drowned.
Year Placed2007
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Friday, August 12th, 2016 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 672027 N 4161716
Decimal Degrees37.58645000, -79.05161667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.187', W 79° 3.097'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 11.22" N, 79° 3' 5.82" W
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Area Code(s)434
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 165 US-29 BUS, Amherst VA 24521, US
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