Embrey Dam

Embrey Dam (HM4R3)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 19.254', W 77° 29.38'

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In 1909-10, the Fredericksburg Water Power Company constructed the Embrey Dam and its power plant on Caroline Street, for the express purpose of generating electric power. The increasing number of uses for this emerging technology encouraged such an ambitious investment, which had profound impact on the region. Electrification allowed mills and other industries to be built near roads and railways, rather than within flood hazard areas.

Frank J. Gould acquired the local utility and established the regional Spotsylvania Power Company. The firm also absorbed the Rappahannock Electric Light & Power Company, which had been Fredericksburg's earliest electric generating enterprise, established in the 1880s.

The Embrey Dam provided electric power to the region through the 1960s and backed up a reservoir for municipal drinking water until the 1990s. The dam's utility ended with construction of a joint water treatment plant in Spotsylvania County and its removal began in 2004.
HM NumberHM4R3
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 6:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 282353 N 4244353
Decimal Degrees38.32090000, -77.48966667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.254', W 77° 29.38'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 15.24" N, 77° 29' 22.80" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000-1098 Embrey Dam Trail, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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