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

The River's Ways

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By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., March 21, 2021
1. The River's Ways Marker
Inscription.  The Susquehanna River's islands, wetlands, flood plain, and woodlands are unique habitats that serve as a haven to rare plant and bird species. Over the centuries, however, human impacts have harmed these sensitive areas.

This pristine area, for example, was once one of the most active centers of trade in southern York County. In 1830, a charcoal iron furnace, called York Furnace, was built just north of here along Otter Creek. It produced pig iron, which was carried to markets down river on canal barges. Within a few decades, a village with a large store, hotel, warehouse, and several wharves evolved. Businesses closed when the furnace ceased operations in 1875 and with the abandonment of the canal in 1894. Nature is now slowly erasing the human imprint at York Furnace.

In recent years, efforts to improve the quality of the river's environment have increased. Public agencies like the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, along with environmental groups and private interests, are working together to improve water quality, restore natural areas, and preserve open spaces throughout the watershed. These efforts have enhanced
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the health of both the river and the Chesapeake Bay.

A photo of the ice gorge on the Susquehanna River and the ruins of the York Furnace, January 4, 1911.
Courtesy York County Heritage Trust

York Furnace at Otter Creek circa 1938.
Courtesy York County Heritage Trust

Lancaster - York Heritage Region
Susquehanna River Water Trail

This project was completed with generous financial contributions from the following project partners:

-National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Gateway & Water Trail Network
-Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Growing Greener & Heritage Park Programs
-Lancaster County Planning Commission
-East Donegal Township
-Marietta Borough
-PPL Holtwood LLC
-Safe Harbor Water Power Corporation
-York Haven Power Company
-The John Wright Company

[map labels]
York Haven Dam
Safe Harbor Dam
Holtwood Dam
Conowingo Dam
Havre de Grace
Chesapeake Bay

Interpretive Exhibits
Major Towns

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
Erected by
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By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., March 21, 2021
3. The River's Ways Marker
distant shot of this ("The River's Ways") plaque, which is in background as tiny white speck; directly in front of it, in foreground, is "Susquehanna River Water Trail" plaque
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is January 4, 1911.
Location. 39° 52.345′ N, 76° 22.835′ W. Marker is in Lower Chanceford Township, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is on Indian Steps Road, on the left when traveling south. Head a very short distance from where PA 425 curves 180 degrees to left (in its northbound direction just before reaching western Susquehanna River shore). Plaque is just off the river on the grounds of the York Furnace Boat Ramp. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Airville PA 17302, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Susquehanna River Water Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); York Furnace Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Susquehanna Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Indian Steps Cabin (approx. 0.7 miles away); Indian Steps (approx. 0.7 miles away); A Story Told by Our Totem Pole (approx. 0.7 miles away); Indigenous Peoples of the Susquehanna Valley (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lower Chanceford Township.
Regarding The River's Ways. On the map, Major Towns in the downstream direction are Harrisburg, Middletown, Goldsboro, Marietta, Columbia, Wrightsville, Havre de Grace
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[Md.]. "You Are Here" is between Safe Harbor Dam and Holtwood Dam.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 23, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 110 times since then. Last updated on April 7, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 23, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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