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Swenson Plaza Flood Memorial

 
 
Swenson Plaza Flood Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
1. Swenson Plaza Flood Memorial Marker
Inscription. The enlargement and beautification of Swenson Plaza, completed in 1999, was proposed and initiated by Mayor Stephen R. Reed during ceremonies marking the 25th anniversary of Harrisburg's devastating 1972 Flood caused by Tropical Storm Agnes. As a riverfront gathering place and pedestrian gateway to Harrisburg and City Island, Swenson Plaza and the historic People's Bridge stand as reminders of this community's resilience and civic pride. To those whose leadership, service and courage are exemplified by that of Harrisburg's late Mayor Harold Swenson, this plaza is both a tribute to past deeds and an inspiration for the future.
Plaza funding provided by:
The People's Bridge Coalition
Historic Harrisburg Association
Riverfront People's Park Organization
The John Crain Kunkel Foundation
American Institute of Architects
Harold and Elsie Swenson Fund of the Greater Harrisburg Foundation
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
and hundreds of individual contributors, including many school children
The Honorable Stephen R. Reed, Mayor
and
The City of Harrisburg.

Dedicated September 15, 1999

 
Location. 40° 15.555′ N, 76° 53.067′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin
Swenson Plaza and The People's Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, March 15, 2008
2. Swenson Plaza and The People's Bridge
County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Walnut Street and N. Front Street. Click for map. Marker is at the base of The People's Bridge leading to City Island. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James McCormick Mansion (here, next to this marker); Harrisburg Public Library Dauphin County Library System (here, next to this marker); The People’s Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Walnut Street Bridge (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The People’s Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The Calder/Olmsted/McCormick Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Governors’ Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Greetings to Future Harrisburgers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyDisastersGovernmentLandmarksNotable Events
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,717 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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