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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

The Point

 

— Meriwether Lewis at Harpers Ferry —

 
The Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
1. The Point Marker
Inscription.  Today's view of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers passing through the water gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains has changed little from Meriwether Lewis' view in 1803. Lewis hoped to find a similar, accessible trade route on rivers passing through the Rocky Mountains. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNatural Features. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list.
 
Location. 39° 19.383′ N, 77° 43.716′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Shenandoah Street (Business U.S. 340) and Potomac Street, on the right when traveling north. Located at an overlook of the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers in Harpers Ferry National Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Travel (a few steps from this marker); The Race to the Ohio (a few steps from this marker); The Iron Horse Wins
The Point Marker at the Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
2. The Point Marker at the Overlook
(a few steps from this marker); The Mule Falters (a few steps from this marker); Where Three National Trails Meet (a few steps from this marker); Capture of Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Capture of Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Capture of Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
Corps of Discovery Placemark next to the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
3. Corps of Discovery Placemark next to the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 948 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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