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Near Williamsport in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Susquehanna Log Boom

 
 
Susquehanna Log Boom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, June 5, 2011
1. Susquehanna Log Boom Marker
Inscription. Six-mile series of piers, built by a company incorporated in 1846; used to collect and store logs during the spring log drives down the West Branch. Helped make Williamsport the world's lumber capital prior to 1900. Badly damaged in 1889 flood, the boom declined thereafter.
 
Erected 1962 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 41° 13.666′ N, 76° 59.119′ W. Marker is near Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in Lycoming County. Marker is at the intersection of Montgomery Pike (U.S. 15) and Tallman Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Montgomery Pike. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsport PA 17702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Williamsport (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Legacy of Little League (approx. 0.2 miles away); Julia C. Collins (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lycoming County (approx. 1.3 miles away); Dietrick Lamade (approx. 1.3 miles away); Peter Herdic (approx. 1.5 miles away); a different marker also named Williamsport (approx. 1.6 miles away); W.D. Crooks & Sons Door Plant (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsport.
 
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Wide view of the Susquehanna Log Boom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, June 5, 2011
2. Wide view of the Susquehanna Log Boom Marker
 James H. Perkins: Father of the Susquehanna Boom. One of the most important men of vision and entrepreneurial skill that helped to develop Williamsport and Lycoming County into a major center of commerce was Major James H. Perkins. His foresight and boldness helped to make Williamsport the “Lumber Capital of the World” in the mid- and late-nineteenth century. (Submitted on June 18, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 512 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the stretch of Susquehanna River (West Branch) where the log booms were built. • Can you help?
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