Powells Creek Crossing

Powells Creek Crossing (HM2YF)

Location: Woodbridge, VA 22191 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 35.116', W 77° 15.757'

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Efforts began in 1864, but it wasn't until July 2, 1872, with the aid of the Pennsylvania Railroad, that this section of rail line opened for service. The crossing at Powell's Creek was 1,100 feet in length and constructed of heavy timber supplied by the Troth and Willis lumberyard located on Neabsco Creek next to the park entrance. White and black oak, poplar, gum, and beech provided all of the wood necessary for bridges between Quantico and Washington. The line eventually came under the ownership of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad, who in 1928 replaced the original timber bridge with a concrete deck bridge that allowed for larger and faster trains. The wooden trestle and numerous curves of the original track limited the speed in the area to not more than 20 miles per hour. At the time of its replacement, the crossing at Powells Creek was the last wooden trestle bridge on the line. During very low tides you can still see remains of wood pilings that once supported the bridge.
HM NumberHM2YF
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania Railroad series
Placed ByLeesylvania State Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 8:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 302925 N 4273182
Decimal Degrees38.58526667, -77.26261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 35.116', W 77° 15.757'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 35' 6.96" N, 77° 15' 45.42" W
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Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3344-3474 Daniel K Ludwig Dr, Woodbridge VA 22191, US
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