Monday, June 20, 2011

Sixth Street Market - 1908

Great shot today of Richmond's old Sixth Street Market. I believe this picture was taken near the intersection of Sixth and Marshall/Sixth and Clay. Essentially where the Richmond Coliseum sits now. This website has some great research from a student at Boston College that gives  insight into the market and it's location:

"Second Market Station House was located on 6th and Marshall Streets in Richmond, VA.  It opened around 1817 and was sometimes referred to as the New Market. It eventually became the 6th Street Market. During the 19th century there was a jail located in the market facility. A brick building between Marshall and Clay Streets held butchers, and a shed structure between Clay and Leigh held vegetable sellers. In the main brick buildings at both First and Second Markets, the City had police stations on the upper floor with a lock-up."

Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress


  1. When I was a child there were several large, traditional markets in Richmond. The market at 6th Street was full of everything you could ever want to purchase, including chickens and turkeys. There was also a huge market in Shockoe Bottom but also included many shops bordering the market and on the streets were live chickens and turkeys as well. The markets in Richmond then looked more like the markets one sees in other large cities today (Baltimore, Lancaster, Pa., etc.) Richmond has too many bars and restaurants in those areas - not enough appeal to the broader community.