Industrial Interlude

Industrial Interlude (HM1YDD)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.954', W 77° 28.83'

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The Rappahannock River has been the life blood of Fredericksburg, its velocity feeding five industrial raceways and its flow providing drinking water to three jurisdictions. From around 1770 through 2004, various types of dams diverted part of the river's voluem into canals that are still evident today. Two canals are on the south side of the river and two on the north side. A fifth raceway crossed the island in front of you, fed by a dam across the channel to your right.
The view upstream used to include the Embrey Dam, a concret structure built in 1910 that helped generate hydro-electricity for the region and also impounded water for local consumption. When an electrical plant and water impoundments were established elsewhere, the aging dam was demolished. Removal of the Embrey Dam and an 1854 crib dam behind it ended nearly 300 years of river barriers and has facilitated environmental restoration of the riverine ecosystem.
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Date Added Sunday, May 21st, 2017 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 283140 N 4243777
Decimal Degrees38.31590000, -77.48050000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.954', W 77° 28.83'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 57.24" N, 77° 28' 49.8" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3105-3199 Village Ln, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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