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James River & Kanawha Canal


1784

George Washington exploratory trip into the Ohio Valley encouraged the James River Company

Other events that happened on or around 1784

1785

The James River Company was formed by Virginia for a water route over the Allegheny Mountains

Other events that happened on or around 1785

1820

Virginia authorized the James River Company to undertake canal project

Other events that happened on or around 1820

1835

The James River Company reorganized as a stock company

Other events that happened on or around 1835

1840

Construction of the James River & Kanawha Canal was completed between Richmond and Lynchburg

Other events that happened on or around 1840

1851

Canal construction on the James River was extended to Buchanan

Other events that happened on or around 1851

1870

A proposed waterway between Tidewater Virginia and Rocky Mountains was proposed to Congress by Waitman T. Willey

Other events that happened on or around 1870

1877

A severe flood hit the James River Valley severely damaging the canal system

Mar 05, 1880

The James River & Kanawha Company ceased operations


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