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Occoquan in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Occoquan River Bridges

 
 
Occoquan River Bridges Marker (Obverse) image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, September 6, 2007
1. Occoquan River Bridges Marker (Obverse)
Inscription. Occoquan founder Nathaniel Ellicott built the first bridge here c. 1800. The “Great Mail Route” from Washington to the south crossed here. In 1878 an iron Pratt Truss Bridge was erected. This bridge was on the main east coast north-south highway until 1928. Hurricane Agnes destroyed the bridge in 1972. Today’s foot bridge replaced it.
 
Erected by Town of Occoquan.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Historic Occoquan marker series.
 
Location. 38° 41.149′ N, 77° 15.761′ W. Marker is in Occoquan, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Mill Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Occoquan VA 22125, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dogue Indians (a few steps from this marker); Town of Occoquan (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Occoquan - Center for the Processing of Grain (within shouting distance of this marker); Occoquan (within shouting distance of this marker); Ellicott’s Mill (within shouting distance
Occoquan River Bridges Marker (Reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, September 6, 2007
2. Occoquan River Bridges Marker (Reverse)
1950 Photo, Source Unknown
of this marker); Rockledge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); Commerce Street (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Occoquan.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located at the end of Mill Street, along a footpath leading to the footbridge.
 
Regarding Occoquan River Bridges. Pictures of the Iron Pratt Truss Bridge being destroyed by Hurricane Agnes are available for viewing in the Mill House Museum.

A Town Gala is scheduled for October 14, 2007 to accompany a formal dedication of the newest bridge, and to coincide with the Virginia 2007 theme for the month of October, “Local History Month.”

 
Categories. 20th CenturyBridges & ViaductsColonial EraNotable PersonsRoads & Vehicles
 
Occoquan River Bridges Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, September 6, 2007
3. Occoquan River Bridges Marker
The Current Foot Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, September 6, 2007
4. The Current Foot Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,521 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 9, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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