“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Cottage Ridge

Cottage Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 2, 2019
1. Cottage Ridge Marker
Inscription.  As the City of Harrisburg grew northward during the latter part of the 19th Century, N. Front Street had not yet attained its distinction as a prime residential boulevard. The riverbank, which was littered with sewage and debris, and adjacent low lying swampy land, made an attempt at building a substantial residence there undesirable. Alternatively, a view of the Susquehanna River and mountains beyond beckoned the establishment of a fashionable neighborhood at the northern end of the City that could enjoy these amenities from a higher terrain. Thus emerged in the 2000 and 2100 Blocks of N. Third Street, starting in the late 1880's, a collection of Queen Anne-styled homes known as Cottage Ridge. Here, Harrisburg business leaders would establish their residences before N. Front Street and the riverfront were improved and developed after the establishment of the City Beautiful Movement at the beginning of the 20th century. Those to locate here included Harrisburg Mayor Maurice Eby, banker and wholesale paper merchant William Mayne Donaldson, Harrisburg Pipe and Pipe Bending Company co-founder David E. Tracy and Herman and William Miller, who would
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later found Miller Brothers & Baker Realtors, the developer of Harrisburg's Bellevue Park. As former truck farms became built-up with homes between N. Third and N. Front Streets just after the turn of the century, Cottage Ridge's river view was obscured and trolleys on buy Third Street made the area less secluded. While several of the original homes have been lost to new development over the years, Cottage Ridge still retains character and stands as an important chapter in Harrisburg's Old Uptown residential development.
Erected by Historic Harrisburg Association for the City of Harrisburg.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 2000.
Location. 40° 16.719′ N, 76° 53.732′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is on North 3rd Street south of Maclay Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2030 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg PA 17102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Governor's Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Simon Cameron School (approx. 0.2
Cottage Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 2, 2019
2. Cottage Ridge Marker
miles away); a different marker also named Governor's Residence (approx. ¼ mile away); Pennsylvania Governor's Residence (approx. ¼ mile away); Reily Hose Company No. 10 (approx. ¼ mile away); Tracy Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Camp Curtin (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Curtin (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 334 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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