The Richmond-Petersburg Railroad Bridge

The Richmond-Petersburg Railroad Bridge (HMG6H)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.176', W 77° 26.723'

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The expansion of railroads in the 1830s fueled the growth of iron works like Tredegar, and by the Civil War, five railroads had come into Richmond. The Richmond-Petersburg was the first railroad bridge in the city. It was built by Moncure Robinson, a Virginia native who engineered many early American railroad lines. Completed to Manchester, now part of Richmond, in 1838, the structure was 2,844 feet in length and stood 60 feet above the James River. Constructed primarily out of pine planks, the bridge seemed "air built," and perhaps dangerous to many Richmonders.
HM NumberHMG6H
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 8:14pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 283939 N 4157174
Decimal Degrees37.53626667, -77.44538333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.176', W 77° 26.723'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 10.56" N, 77° 26' 43.38" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 621 S 2nd St, Richmond VA 23219, US
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