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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Early Travel
 
Early Travel Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Pfingsten, September 26, 2008
1. Early Travel Marker
 
Inscription. Situated in a gap of the Blue Ridge Mountains and at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, Harpers Ferry, from its beginning, functioned as a natural avenue of transportation.
The first mode of travel consisted of a primitive ferry established in 1733 by Peter Stephens. Stephens sold his business to Robert Harper in 1747, and Harper and others carried settlers and supplies across the waters until 1824 when a bridge constructed across the Potomac made ferryboat operations unnecessary.
In less than a decade after the completion of the bridge, the iron horse and the mule brought the transportation revolution to Harpers Ferry.
 
Location. 39° 19.378′ N, 77° 43.719′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from South Potomac Street. Click for map. Located at the "Point" overlooking the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, in Harpers Ferry National Historical Site. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Race to the Ohio (here, next to this marker); The Iron Horse Wins (here, next to this marker); The Mule Falters (here, next to this marker); The Point (a few steps from this marker); Capture of Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Capture of Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Capture of Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Capture of Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
Close Up of the Map Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 17, 2009
2. Close Up of the Map
 
 
Markers at the Point Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 17, 2009
3. Markers at the Point
 
 
Confluence of Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Pfingsten, September 26, 2008
4. Confluence of Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 842 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on October 4, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on May 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on October 4, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
 
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