“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The James Rumsey Bridge

The James Rumsey Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 5, 2007
1. The James Rumsey Bridge Marker
Inscription. Named in honor of the inventor, James Rumsey, who made successful demonstrations of his steamboat on the Potomac River here on December 3 and 11, 1787.
Opened and dedicated on July 15, 1939.
Erected 1939.
Location. 39° 26.152′ N, 77° 48.196′ W. Marker is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on North Duke Street / Shepherdstown Pike (West Virginia Route 480), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The Shepherdstown Pike is numbered Route 34 on the Maryland side of the bridge. The marker is located on the southern end of the Bridge, at a pull off. Marker is in this post office area: Shepherdstown WV 25443, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shepherdstown (here, next to this marker); River Crossing (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Shepherdstown (approx. 0.2 miles away in Maryland); Blackford's Ford (approx. 0.2 miles away in Maryland); A View into the Past (approx. 0.2 miles away in Maryland); Belle Vue (approx. mile away); Ferry Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away in Maryland); Ferry Hill Place (approx. 0.3 miles away in Maryland). Click for a list of all markers in Shepherdstown.
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The South End of the Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 5, 2007
2. The South End of the Bridge
Rumsey Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 5, 2007
3. Rumsey Bridge
The present structure is the third erected in this vicinity, replacing a bridge dating to the first half of the 20th Century.
James Rumsey Bridge (1939-2004) Photo, Click for full size
By David Graff, September 9, 1999
4. James Rumsey Bridge (1939-2004)
The previous 6-span truss bridge looking north to Maryland. The new bridge was built slightly upstream and the marker location was made more accessible.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,218 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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