Overshot Waterwheel

Overshot Waterwheel (HMG0J)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.11', W 77° 26.738'

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This is a reconstruction of one of many waterwheels used on this site. It is called an overshot wheel because the water flows over the top. The Tredegar Iron Works used waterwheels from its founding in 1836 until the 1870s when turbines were installed. Two different wheels were located here, powering foundry blowers and an early machine shop.

No photographs of these waterwheels exist. Information from maps, insurance policies, and company records was used to reconstruct this waterwheel, as well as photographs of wheels of the same era.

After the James River and Kanawha canal was constructed in the 1780's, industries began to use its water for power. Thomas Rutherfoord's flour mill was the first, and insurance plans show the waterwheels it employed. Later, the Tredegar Iron Works built a spike mill in the same location.
HM NumberHMG0J
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 4:55pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 283914 N 4157053
Decimal Degrees37.53516667, -77.44563333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.11', W 77° 26.738'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 6.60" N, 77° 26' 44.28" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 500 Tredegar St, Richmond VA 23219, US
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