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Bristol in Bristol County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Washington Crossed Here

Mount Hope Bridge

 
 
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Photographed By Craig Doda, July 3, 2018
1. Washington Crossed Here Marker
Inscription.  
For centuries travelers have come here, where the waters narrow between Mount Hope Bay and Narragansett Bay, to come over to Aquidneck Island. Before 1929, the trip was made by water. The Wampanoag people, who were the earliest residents of Mount Hope Neck, made the crossing in dugout canoes, a practice that Roger Williams and the first Europeans adapted.

As Colonial settlement grew, a regular ferry was established between Portsmouth and Bristol. The early ferryboats were oar-boats and sloops, powered by sail. In 1826, a horse ferry was added, which used four horses walking on rotating platforms to operate a pair of ride paddle-wheels. The riverboat eventually replaced the horse ferry in the 1840s. At that time the ferry landing in Bristol moved north to downtown Bristol, but it returned to the old location by the 1920s as the commuting link in a bus route to Newport. The Bristol ferry continued to operate until October 1929, when the opening of the Mount Hope Bridge marked the end of over two hundred years of service.

Over the years the Bristol ferry carried many notable people. During the American Revolution they
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included Generals Washington, Lafayette and Rochambeau, as well as John Sullivan, commander of the American army in the Battle of Rhode Island. The horse ferry could transport carriages and stagecoaches in addition to people and according to tradition it once carried an entire circus, with the elephants swimming around the ferry.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsGovernment & Politics. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1929.
 
Location. 41° 38.761′ N, 71° 15.708′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Rhode Island, in Bristol County. Marker is on Ferry Road (Rhode Island Route 114) south of Old Ferry Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol RI 02809, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bridge Construction (here, next to this marker); An Artistic Bridge (here, next to this marker); Mount Hope Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); W 3 R (approx. one mile away); The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (approx. 1.3 miles away); Tow Tank Model (approx. 1.3 miles away); Portsmouth Compact (approx. 1˝ miles away); Coast Guard Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
 
Also see . . .
1. Mount Hope Bridge. (Submitted on November 24, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio.)
Washington Crossed Here Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 3, 2018
2. Washington Crossed Here Marker

2. Mount Hope Bridge (Wikipedia). (Submitted on November 29, 2021, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Washington Crossed Here Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 3, 2018
3. Washington Crossed Here Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on January 11, 2022, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on November 23, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio.   2, 3. submitted on November 24, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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