Like many cities around the world and in the history of civilization, the city of Richmond was born and grew along a major river. In our case, it is the James River, one whose course falls entirely within the Commonwealth of Virginia. The James has played an important role in our state’s and nation’s history and continues to be a centerpiece of activity, culture, and general life for the city and surrounding areas.
One of the man-made features of the river is a beautiful, classic railroad bridge, spanning the river just west of the downtown area. Built in 1919 and still in use today, the CSX A-Line Bridge carries a double track and was built jointly by two rail companies. Its purpose was to create a more direct and, therefore, quicker route around Richmond. It crosses over sets of tracks on each side of the river and replaced an 1891 bridge whose brick piers are still standing in the water.
Hannah Hopper, a local graphic designer, sees a natural connection between the design of the bridge and her design of our logo. She describes it this way:
“My goal for the convention’s logo was to unite Richmond’s rich history with the beauty of the organ. My research led me to a Richmond landmark: the James River Railway Bridge that spans the James River. The James…runs through the heart of our city and has played a huge role in the development of not only Richmond, but also Virginia itself. The bridge…is recognized and cherished by Richmond residents. I was struck by the similarities between the bridge and an organ. In the final logo design, the shape of the arches of this bridge become an organ console, while the silhouette of the city resembles the organ’s pipes.”
If you’re driving around Richmond, we hope you will take a good look at it and see the organ console. It runs parallel to the Powhite Parkway (VA route 76) bridge on the downriver (east) side.