Richmond City Council has officially begun the formal process to offer the recently-removed Confederate statues to outside groups who seek to move them to their own properties for their own purposes.
The city’s requirements include outlining specific plans on placement, how the statues will be used, and how they will be transported. The city will have final say on who, if anyone, acquires them.
All letters of intent to acquire said statues must be received by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, September 8th. This includes all those who may have previously shared or sent interest or intent.
All letters of intent to acquire monuments are required to include the following:
- Letter of intent to acquire a Civil War Monument identifying specific monument(s) wished to be acquired
- Contact name/information of requestor
- Name of entity the requestor represents
- Background information on the requesting entity, including reasons for wanting monument
- Disclosure regarding public, private, nonprofit, etc. status and purpose
- Specific proposal/offer to acquire and transport the monument
- Specification as to exact location monument would be placed, if acquired
- The proposed timeline for moving and transporting the monument
Richmond Then and Now: 316 W. Broad Street
A then and now snapshot of Richmond locations.
Photos: Take Flight in a B-17
The Sentimental Journey doesn’t take flight until this weekend but we went out the Hanover County Municipal Airport to grab a few shots.
Sentimental Journey is the nickname of a B-17G Flying Fortress bomber. It is based at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, Arizona but it will be staying at the Hanover County Municipal Airport (11152 Air Park Rd, Ashland) through the weekend.
With a crew of 10, a total of 12,731 B-17s flew in World War 2. Designed specifically for daylight precision bombing, B-17s flew unescorted bombing missions over Europe for much of the war. B-17s were legendary for their ability to return home after taking brutal poundings. They dropped over 640,000 tons of bombs over Europe. The Sentimental Journey is one of only five B-17s around the world actively flying today and was built in November 1944. After the war, the Sentimental Journey spent its time fighting forest fires.
When checking it out make sure and read the signatures of veterans that have signed the bomb bay doors. With just a few brief words the experiences of these veterans come alive.
From now until September 20th the plane will be available for viewing and for $10 ($20 for a family) you can step inside and see how truly cramped this plane was for the crew of 10. Starting on Friday the plane will be taking a limited number of passengers on flights. Cost for the flights are $425 per waist compartment seat (6 available), $850 per Bombardier/Navigator Seat (2 available). The Bombardier/Navigator seats are at the nose of the plan and have an unbeatable view.
- Tuesday-Thursday, the grounds will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday-Sunday, the grounds will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Rides can be scheduled online or by calling 480-462-2992.
Type: Heavy/Strategic Bomber
Manufacturer: Boeing (later on Vega and Douglas)
Maiden Flight: 28 July 1935
Introduced: April 1938
Theater of War: World War II
Number Produced: 12,731
Status: Retired in 1968
Our B-17G “Sentimental Journey” was built in November, 1944 at the Douglas plant in California
Wingspan: 103 ft 9 in
Length: 74 ft 4 in
Height: 19 ft 3 in
Empty Weight: 36,134 lbs
Max Takeoff Weight: 65,500 lbs
Power Plant: (4) Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone Turbo-Supercharged Radials
Horsepower: 1,200 hp. each
Maximum Speed: 263 knots (302 mph)
Service Ceiling: 36,400 ft
Rate of Climb: 900 ft/min
Range: 3,259 nm (3,750 mi)
Armament: Guns: (13) 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning Machine Guns
Payload: Up to 8,000 lbs ordnance (short range missions of less than 400 mi) and up to 4,500 lbs ordnance (long range missions of up to 800 mi)
Richmond Then and Now: Stone House at Forest Hill Park
A then and now snapshot of Richmond.
The original source of photo unknown but there is a version on RTD Archives with the following text:
Trolley at Forest Hill Park, circa 1910. Standing at left of the trolley in the dark suit is Richmond businessman T. J. Cousins. In 1889, the property that would become Forest Hill Park was sold to the Southside Land and Improvement Company, and became a terminus for the Forest Hill trolley, part of one of the first successful trolley systems in the United States. To attract passengers to the countryside, the residence on the property was converted into a trolley terminus and an elaborate amusement park was built on the grounds, complete with carousel, roller coaster, fun house, dance hall, penny arcade, and golf course. The park also included a bath house, swimming area, and boat lake. The park remained a popular Richmond attraction until it closed in 1932 due to the economic constraints of the Great Depression.
If you’re interested in seeing some great pictures of Richmond from the eyes of a streetcar operator find a copy of “From A Richmond Streetcar Life Through the Lens of Harris Stilson”.
In the 1900s Harris Stilson worked as a streetcar operator. His camera never left his side. He was constantly capturing the daily minutiae of Richmonders simply living. Looking at his photos is the closest you can come to a time machine. Harris’ great-granddaughter, Kitty Snow went through his collection and published the book.