“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Raleigh in Wake County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

River Crossing

River Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 31, 2015
1. River Crossing Marker
Inscription.  Look around. Would this be a good place to cross the river? For hundreds of years, people have crossed the Neuse River in this area on horseback or by stagecoach, wagon or car.

1700s – Smith’s Ferry
In the 1700s before bridges were built here, Smith's ferry took people across the river in this area. The ferry was basically a wooden raft with two low sides. Using long poles, men would push the ferry and its passengers, including carts, wagons and horses, across the river.

1800s – Hinton’s Bridge
In the early 1800s, Hinton's Bridge was built over the Neuse River in this area. This wooden bridge provided a crossing for Tarborough Road, a dirt road that traveled from Hillsborough to Raleigh to points east towards Tarboro.

1900s – Iron Bridge
In the early 1900s, the original wooden bridge was replaced with an iron bridge. "There a modern iron bridge spans the Neuse, and the quiet is broken by… the occasional passing of an automobile (Hinton 1903)." Two piers that once supported the iron bridge are still standing at the river's edge not far from here. (photo right)

River Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 31, 2015
2. River Crossing Marker
Crossing Today

The main river crossing in this area today is the US 64 bridge about one-half mile downstream. Pedestrians and bicyclists can use the greenway trail bridge less than 1,000 feet downstream.

MacRae-Brazier 1833

Piers from 1900s iron bridge still standing by the river today. Approximately ten feet high by three feet wide, the piers were constructed of uncut stone and concrete mortar.
Location. 35° 48.1′ N, 78° 32.35′ W. Marker is in Raleigh, North Carolina, in Wake County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Allen Drive and Raleigh Beach Road. Located on the Neuse River Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Raleigh NC 27610, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Milburnie Dam (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stone's Mills (approx. 3.7 miles away); St. Augustine's College (approx. 4.9 miles away); Pettigrew Hospital (approx. 4.9 miles away); First N.C. State Fair (approx. 4.9 miles away); William Ruffin Cox (approx. 5 miles away); Worth Bagley (approx. 5 miles away); Charles N. Hunter (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Raleigh.
Also see . . .  Neuse River Greenway Trail. (Submitted on October 31, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 31, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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