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First Railroad in Virginia S-30 | Marker History

First Railroad in Virginia Marker, S-30

Just south of here are the earthen remains and stone culvert of the Chesterfield Railroad. Chartered by the Virginia General Assembly in 1829, the company in 1831 constructed the first railroad in Virginia, one of the earliest in the United States, to haul coal from the Midlothian mines to Manchester's wharves on the James River. Moncure Robinson (1802-1891), a railroad pioneer, designed the track on which the cars were powered by gravity, horses and mules. It remained in operation until the Richmond & Danville Railroad began providing service to the area in 1851.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 2004
Region: Richmond Region
Geographic Location: Chesterfield County
Physical Description of Location: Bon Air, VA 23236. Located on Midlothian Turnpike (Hwy 60), 0.6 miles west of the intersection of Midlothian Turnpike (Hwy 60) and Robious Road. Marker is on the left when traveling west on Midlothian Turnpike (Hwy 60).
GPS Location: 37.5068403850,-77.5895915230
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