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Warminster in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Fitch's Steamboat

 
 
John Fitch's Steamboat Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2009
1. John Fitch's Steamboat Marker
Inscription. Fitch tested near here a model steamboat in 1785. Before his death in 1798, he built 4 mechanically successful steamboats. The first in the U.S., they proved financial failures, leaving final success of the idea to Robert Fulton.

Adjacent, stone marker:
John Fitch here conceived the idea of the first steamboat. He ran a boat with side wheels by steam on a pond below Davisville, 1785.
Bucks County Historical Society 1902
 
Erected 1947 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 12.411′ N, 75° 5.966′ W. Marker is in Warminster, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is at the intersection of York Road (Pennsylvania Route 263) and Street Road (Pennsylvania Route 132), on the right when traveling north on York Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Warminster PA 18974, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Log College (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Battle of the Crooked Billet (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cross Roads (approx. 1.5 miles away); Warminster Community Park-Sandpiper (approx. 1.5 miles away); Crooked Billet
John Fitch's Steamboat Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2009
2. John Fitch's Steamboat Marker
(approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Crooked Billet (approx. 1.6 miles away); Johnsville Naval Air Development Center (approx. 1.6 miles away); Moland House (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Warminster.
 
Also see . . .  James Fitch's Steamboat. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 14, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
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John Fitch's Steamboat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert C. Goodyear, circa May 2010
3. John Fitch's Steamboat Marker
John Fitch's Steamboat Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2009
4. John Fitch's Steamboat Markers
Looking north along York Road.
John Fitch's Steamboat Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2009
5. John Fitch's Steamboat Marker
Looking south toward intersection of PA 132 and PA 263.
 
 
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