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The plans for the first electric railway in Richmond (and world) were drawn up by A. Langstaff Johnston (1850-1901).


A.Langstaff Johnston



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Hollywood Cemetery, section 4, (42) INNER AVE. WEST on the Inner Circle.


The American Engineering Register

The Stone refers to The Richmond & Petersburg Rail Road.


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The sunset popped again before I went out to shoot lights.

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2 responses

  1. The stone plainly says that it is a railroad bridge but here is some other info : http://www.flickr.com/photos/100wordminimum/222407405/

    December 3, 2012 at 11:24 am

  2. This guy has been interesting finding stuff on. He was a student of Maury and his patent for railroad bonding that he won the Franklin Inst. Medal for is all on PDF files that I don’t care for but at least you can find this elusive engineer online.

    Forest Hill Park

    1889, A. Langstaff Johnston, civil engineer. 1934, public park improvements. James River on the north, Forest Hill and Semmes avenues on the south, and various streets on the east and west

    Johnston laid out this park of approximately 100 acres concurrently with the Woodland Heights subdivision. In 1889, with the exception of some granite quarrying, the park was largely in a natural state, and the initial improvements consisted only of paths and bridges. The park was intended as an amenity for Woodland Heights residents and as a “Mecca of the lovers of nature,” as promotional literature touted it. Apparently, nature was not a sufficient attraction, and after 1900 the Virginia Railway and Power Company constructed an amusement park to increase streetcar ridership. Closed during the Great Depression, the property was deeded to the city of Richmond in 1934. The city demolished the amusement park and built modest amenities such as picnic shelters.

    Richard Guy Wilson et al.
    Buildings of Virginia, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors, NY: OUP, 2002, p. 288.
    SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012. Online. http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-RI357. Accessed 2012-12-04.

    December 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm

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