Eastport in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Tale of Three Bridges
The first wooden bridge, built in 1868, connected here at the end of Fourth Street. It served pedestrians and horse-drawn wagons. Forty years later, a larger steel bridge was built in the same location for cars and trucks. The bridge tender lived on the bridge and opened the pivoting central span by hand-crank whenever a boat needed to pass through. On hot days, the steel expanded, preventing the span from closing properly until a fire truck was called to hose it down with cold water.
The drawbridge you see today, connecting with Sixth Street two blocks to your left, was built in 1947 with heavy weights to counter-balance the center spans. If you hear a horn, watch how the bridge opens to let a sailboat through.
Text with upper left photo: Before bridges were built, Eastporters traveled to and from Annapolis by ferry to avoid the three-mile detour around the end of Spa Creek.
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Four Rivers Garden Club.
Location. 38° 58.325′ N, 76° 28.985′ W. Marker is in Eastport, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Fourth Street 0 miles north of Touch for map. Marker is at the end of Fourth Street. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21403, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eastport's Old "Main Street" (here, next to this marker); Visionaries of the 1960s (here, next to this marker); Three Great Boat Yards, One Location (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lafayette’s Encampment (about 700 feet away); Welcome to Eastport (about 700 feet away); The Glass Works (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old Farmhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eastport's Oldest House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastport.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,337 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 23, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.