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Uniontown in Fayette County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

James Finley

(1756-1828)

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, April 17, 2011
1. James Finley Marker
Inscription.  In 1808 Finley obtained the first US patent for a suspension bridge. His first rigid chain bridge, which once spanned nearby Jacob’s Creek, exemplified the ingenuity of Finley’s design. Bridges following his patented design were built in several other states, and he is considered a pioneer of the modern suspension bridge. A Uniontown resident, he served as a judge and a member of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania.
 
Erected 2008 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list.
 
Location. 39° 53.959′ N, 79° 43.36′ W. Marker is in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from Jefferson Street. Located at the Uniontown Public Library. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Uniontown PA 15401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fayette County (approx. 0.2 miles away); George C. Marshall
James Finley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 17, 2011
2. James Finley Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Old West School House (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named George C. Marshall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Underground Railroad (approx. half a mile away); Uniontown (approx. 1.1 miles away); National Road (approx. 2.3 miles away); Fort Gaddis (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Uniontown.
 
Also see . . .  Structure Mag.com - James Finley. (Submitted on April 18, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Chain Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William Strickland, 1810
3. Chain Bridge
Detail of "View of the Chain Bridge invented by James Finley Esq." (1810), wood engraving, The Port Folio [Magazine], June 1810. Although not specifically identified, this is likely the Chain Bridge at Falls of Schuylkill
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 801 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 18, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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