Shenandoah River

Shenandoah River (HMCCJ)

Location: Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.249', W 77° 44.07'

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The power of the Shenandoah River once made Virginius Island valuable real estate. Armory Superintendent James Stubblefield purchased the island in 1824 for $15,000. Two months later he almost doubled his investment by selling the island as four tracts while promoting its industrial potential. By the mid-1850s, businessman Abraham Herr had paid almost $47,000 for this 13-acre island.

The river signified both friend and enemy to the industrialists and residents here. As long as it stayed within its banks, the factories and mills harnessed its power to run machinery. When the Shenandoah ranged out of control, however, its once friendly power destroyed everything in its path.

The Shenandoah and its branches flow 150 miles through the fertile Shenandoah Valley, once described as "the breadbasket of the Confederacy." It empties into the Potomac River just downstream at Harpers Ferry.
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 7:11am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264270 N 4355944
Decimal Degrees39.32081667, -77.73450000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.249', W 77° 44.07'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 14.94" N, 77° 44' 4.20" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 584 Shenandoah River Dr, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, US
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