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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Island Access

 
 
Island Access Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
1. Island Access Marker
Inscription. Bridges spanning the canal, like the one to your left, provided access from the island to the mainland for residents and factory workers. During floods, they were paths to safety. To delay departure could spell disaster, as in 1870, when swiftly rising water swept away all avenues to higher ground.
 
Location. 39° 19.341′ N, 77° 44.183′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Shenandoah Street (Business U.S. 340), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located on Virginius Island in Harpers Ferry National Historic 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. Island Mills (within shouting distance of this marker); Jonathan Child House (within shouting distance of this marker); Jefferson Rock (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Jefferson Rock (about 400 feet away); River Wall (about 500 feet away); House Ruins (about 500 feet away); Railroads (about 600 feet away); Lockwood House (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a photo of The wooden truss bridge as it appeared
Island Access Marker next to the Bridge Landing Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
2. Island Access Marker next to the Bridge Landing
in 1886 from Shenandoah Street, looking across to Virginius Island.
At the bottom is a photo of The access bridge as seen from Shenandoah Street in 1886. Rebuilt from this historic photograph, the present bridge is dedicated to former U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph of West Virginia for his efforts to establish Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & Commerce
 
The Bridge from the South Side Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
3. The Bridge from the South Side
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 743 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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