Cape Henry Railroads

Cape Henry Railroads (HM2JRR)

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N 36° 55.497', W 76° 0.453'

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The first railroad to Cape Henry was a temporary tramway built in 1880 to transport materials for the construction of the new Cape Henry Lighthouse. In 1902 the Chesapeake Transit Company opened an electric rail line from Norfolk to the cape, allowing a resort village to develop. A brick passenger depot, 250 yards northwest of here, opened in 1904. Later that year, the line merged with the Norfolk and Southern Railroad. The U.S. Army established Fort Story here in 1914 and laid new track. During World War II the army used the tracks to transport artillery and ammunition for the coastal defense system. Commercial and passenger service to Cape Henry ended in 1947.
Year Placed2016
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 8:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 410262 N 4087020
Decimal Degrees36.92495000, -76.00755000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 55.497', W 76° 0.453'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 55' 29.82" N, 76° 0' 27.18" W
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