Steamboat Enterprise/Boatbuilding Center
Fourth steamboat built in Western Pennsylvania, Bridgeport, 1814. Engine design by Daniel French. Captain Henry M. Shreve, commanding. Steamed to New Orleans, Fall, 1814 and returned June 1815. First steamboat to ascend the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.
Flatboats and keelboats built here for trade and downriver migration, 1780-1820. From 1825-1903 a leading steamboat construction center. Over 700 steamboats were built in Bridgeport and West Brownsville and completed in Brownsville.
Erected 1994 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 40° 1.285′ N, 79° 53.297′ W. Marker is in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of High Street and Bank Street, on the right when traveling west on High Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brownsville PA 15417, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dunlap’s Creek Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Brownsville - Route 40 Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Cast Iron Bridge (within shouting distance
Also see . . . Boatbuilding Center/Steamboat Enterprise - Behind the Marker. Explore PA History (Submitted on July 11, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 577 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 17, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.