The Petersburg Railroad

The Petersburg Railroad (HM4YT)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23805
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 9.361', W 77° 23.96'

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The Petersburg Railroad, sometimes called the Weldon Railroad, united Petersburg with Weldon, North Carolina. It was one of the first railroads in America, beginning operations in 1833. It carried vast amounts of cargo and passengers to and from Petersburg before and during the Civil War, prompting General Grant to make its capture one of his chief objectives during his assault on the city in the summer of 1864. These iron rails were ploughed up in 1981 two miles southwest of this point by Lewis Walker, III, who donated them to the college. They were probably thrown aside at the time they were replaced by steel rails in the 1870's.
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 8:54am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286936 N 4114875
Decimal Degrees37.15601667, -77.39933333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 9.361', W 77° 23.96'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 9' 21.66" N, 77° 23' 57.60" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11301 Johnson Rd, Petersburg VA 23805, US
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