John Fitch's Steamboat
Fitch tested near here a model steamboat in 1785. Before his death in 1798, he built 4 mechanically successful steamboats. The first in the U.S., they proved financial failures, leaving final success of the idea to Robert Fulton.
Adjacent, stone marker:
John Fitch here conceived the idea of the first steamboat. He ran a boat with side wheels by steam on a pond below Davisville, 1785.
Bucks County Historical Society 1902
Erected 1947 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 40° 11.476′ N, 75° 4.436′ W. Marker is in Warminster, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is on Newtown Road south of Street Road (Pennsylvania Route 132), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Markers were relocated to the grounds of Craven Hall & the John Fitch Steamboat Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 599 Newtown Road, Warminster PA 18974, 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. Johnsville Naval Air Development Center (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Warminster Community Park-Sandpiper
More about this marker. The marker was formerly located near 40° 12.411′ N, 75° 5.966′ W, at the intersection of York Road (Pennsylvania Route 263) and Street Road (Pennsylvania Route 132), on the right when traveling north on York Road.
Also see . . .
1. James Fitch's Steamboat. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 14, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Craven Hall. (Submitted on April 14, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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