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History of the Cross on the Canal

Photo by flickr user lawrence_thefourth

I usually expect my monuments to be static not bouncing around to different locations. Newport’s Cross which commemorates the arrival of Captain Christopher Newport and John Smith back in 1607 is currently located on the Canal Walk has been quite mobile. Check out Phil Riggan’s article on Richmond.com as he tracks down it’s journey from Gamble’s Hill to Shockoe Slip to the Canal Walk. Not related directly to this story is a  very cool picture of a small castle shaped building that was a comfort station in the park on Gamble’s Hil. Built in the 1930s, it stood at the end of South 3rd Street and Phil wasn’t able to track down the date of it’s demise.

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