Frank Padget Water Tragedy

Frank Padget Water Tragedy (HMXNN)

Location: Glasgow, VA 24555 Rockbridge County
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N 37° 38.031', W 79° 27.029'

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Heavy rains in late Jan. 1854 left the JamesRiver and the treacherous Balcony Falls infull flood. On 21 Jan., the canal boat Clintonand its passengers became stranded in theraging waters. Frank Padget, a skilledboatman and slave, led four other men to rescuethem. In a heroic attempt to save the lastpassenger, Padget drowned, unable to fight therushing current. Capt. Edward Echols, whowitnessed Padget's act, was so moved hecommissioned the construction of a graniteobelisk monument that was erected besideLock 16 of the Blue Ridge Canal. It nowstands here in Glasgow's Centennial Park.
Marker NumberL-63
Year Placed2003
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 10:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 636721 N 4166320
Decimal Degrees37.63385000, -79.45048333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 38.031', W 79° 27.029'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 38' 1.86" N, 79° 27' 1.74" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1621 Blue Ridge Rd, Glasgow VA 24555, US
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