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Susquehanna River Crossing

 
 
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By Bill Pfingsten, December 11, 2014
1. Susquehanna River Crossing Marker
Inscription. Beginning in 1838,the cars of the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad were carried across the Susquehanna River by the first railroad ferry in the U.S. A rail bridge replaced the ferry in 1866. The surviving granite piers carried the bridge until the 1906 opening of the new Pennsylvania Railroad bridge upstream, then carried a one-way vehicular toll bridge and later a two-way double decker until 1940, when the U.S. Route 40 bridge opened on a new alignment.
 
Erected by Maryland Historic Trust, Maryland State Highway Administration.
 
Location. 39° 33.147′ N, 76° 5.511′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker is on N. Union Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is near the Amtrak (Pennsylvania RR) bridge across from The David Craig Park. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lock House (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Post Road: Susquehanna Lower Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Under Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); Susquehanna Lower Ferry (within
Susquehanna River Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 11, 2014
2. Susquehanna River Crossing Marker
shouting distance of this marker); Matilda O'Neill Home (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Out of the Flames (approx. mile away); Rochambeau Plaza (approx. mile away); Nineteenth Century Travel (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre de Grace.
 
Regarding Susquehanna River Crossing. The PW&B bridge was partially destroyed by a tornado in 1866 and had to be rebuilt. The double decker bridge remained standing until 1943 when it was dismantled and the metal was used in the war effort.
 
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Piers of the PW&B bridge. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 11, 2014
3. Piers of the PW&B bridge.
Susquehanna River Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 11, 2014
4. Susquehanna River Crossing Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 11, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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