Tidewater Connection Locks

Tidewater Connection Locks (HMFTS)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.013', W 77° 26.081'

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In 1854 the Tidewater Connection Locks linked the canal basin to the Jame River tidewater below Richmond. The system contained five granite locks, each measuring 15 x 100 feet. This resulted in a flight of water stairs that lowered boats a total of 69 feet within a distance of 3½ blocks. A sixth lock, the Great Ship Lock, was located just 1½ miles east near Pear Street. Traffic on the canal peaked in the late 1850's following completion of the Tidewater Connection Locks. However, the canal suffered heavily with the expansion of railroads. In 1880 the canal was sold to the predecessor of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway System (now CSX) and the towpath was largely converted to rail beds.
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 12:41pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284877 N 4156848
Decimal Degrees37.53355000, -77.43468333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.013', W 77° 26.081'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 0.78" N, 77° 26' 4.86" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-249 Canal Walk, Richmond VA 23219, US
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