Richmond at the Falls

Richmond at the Falls (HM2GQ7)

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N 37° 32.234', W 77° 29.158'

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A maze of rocks, rapids, channels and islands stretches along the James River between the 14th Street Bridge (3 miles to your left) and the Edward Wiley Memorial Bridge (4 miles to your right).

It is called the Fall Line because of the way the river drops steeply as it cuts through a band of underlying hard rock. That granite is a scar from the collision of Africa and North America 300 million years ago. The band of rock actually extend 1000 miles from New Jersey to Georgia.

The obstacles of the Fall Line formed a barrier to commercial navigation, but the falling water also provided energy for the industries that made Richmond the economic center of the South.

Canals allowed cargo boats to bypass the rapids. Canal water could also be made to turn water wheels and turbines in flour mills, saw mills and iron foundries.

This park contains examples of how Richmond grew around the Fall Line...and benefited from it.

Look for old quarries, canals, granite buildings and cobblestone walls. They are all direct results of the city being at the falls of the James.
HM NumberHM2GQ7
Placed BySt. Christopher's School
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Date Added Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at 8:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280356 N 4157376
Decimal Degrees37.53723333, -77.48596667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.234', W 77° 29.158'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 14.04" N, 77° 29' 9.4800000000001" W
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