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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Columbia

 
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Columbia, Pennsylvania and Vicinity
    Lancaster County (305)
    Berks County (203)
    Chester County (232)
    Dauphin County (279)
    Lebanon County (61)
    York County (271)
    Cecil County, Maryland (164)
    Harford County, Maryland (141)
 
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1Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — "The Returned Soldier"Dedicated May 30th 1928
In commemoration of the patriotic spirit, valor and heroism of the men and women of this community who served their country in war 1776 1918 — Map (db m136299) WM
2Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — 40th Parallel
Maryland's charter, granted in 1632, included old Philadelphia since it made the 40th parallel, which crosses the river near this point, her northern boundary. This charter conflicted with the charter given William Penn in 1681. After more than . . . — Map (db m15042) HM
3Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Chickies* Mansion and Chickies* #1 Furnace (*Chickies - also Chiques or Chikis)
In 1828, Henry Haldeman, patriarch of a well-to-do local family, purchased mills (including a saw mill, chopping mill, and a hemp mill) at the mouth of Chiques Creek and set up two of his sons in business there. The eldest son, Samuel, drew up . . . — Map (db m136311) HM
4Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Columbia
Originally Wright's Ferry, founded by John Wright in 1726. An early center for turnpike, canal, and railroad activity, at an important Susquehanna River crossing. First bridge built in 1812. — Map (db m5083) HM
5Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Columbia
In 1726 Quaker John Wright built a log house in an area first granted to George Beale by William Penn 25 years earlier. Wright established a ferry at this natural crossing point on the Susquehanna in 1730. Originally known as Wright's Ferry, the . . . — Map (db m5762) HM
6Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Columbia and Its Railroads
The Pennsylvania Railroad was the dominant railroad with predecessor railroads converging on Columbia from four directions. East—Philadelphia and Columbia reached Columbia in 1834. West—Wrightsvile, York and Gettysburg crossed the . . . — Map (db m136294) HM
7Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Columbia Veterans Memorial
World War I 1917-1919 Total U.S. Casualties - 320,710 World War II 1941-1945 Total U.S. Casualties - 1,070,162 Korean War 1950-1953 Total U.S. Casualties - . . . — Map (db m136302) WM
8Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Columbia: a Transportation HubLancaster-York Heritage Region — Susquehanna River Water Trail —
During the mid-nineteenth century, Columbia was a bustling transportation hub. Turnpikes, ferries, bridges, canals, wharves, and railroads made Columbia a major transshipment point in the movement of lumber, coal, grains, pig iron, and people. . . . — Map (db m146173) HM
9Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — First National Bank
The Columbia Bridge Company was formed in 1811 and began to raise money for a bridge between Columbia and Wrightsville. This business served as the first bank in the community, and by 1814 had used its profits to build the first . . . — Map (db m122597) HM
10Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Hiestand Saw Mill and Dam
From the colonial times through the early 1900, water-powered mills were a backbone of industry in the United States. The lower Susquehanna Valley was a popular location for the construction of saw mills. Large timber rafts were floated downriver . . . — Map (db m136310) HM
11Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Lincoln Highway
The country's first coast-to-coast highway was established in 1913 by the Lincoln Highway Association, largely by improving and linking existing roads between New York and San Francisco. The highway changed the way people traveled and the landscape . . . — Map (db m5761) HM
12Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Prelude to Gettysburg / A Desperate Plan
(side 1) Prelude to Gettysburg One of the great debates of our Country's history and legacy is what scholars call "the two Civil Wars": the first a matter of campaigns, generals, and troop movements and the second focusing on the . . . — Map (db m122592) HM
13Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Railroads During the Civil WarRivertowns — Civil War Trails —
Columbia's strategic position would have made it a fine prize for an invading Southern army bent on disrupting vital communications and supply lines in the North. Railroads connected Columbia with Philadelphia, York, and Harrisburg, and canal . . . — Map (db m136290) HM
14Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Samuel WrightBorn May 12, 1754 ~ Died September 7, 1811
Samuel Wright, Son of James and Rhoda Wright, was the original proprietor of Old Columbia. He named and laid out the bounds of the early town in what was then Wright's Ferry. His generosity to his fellow townsmen was manifested in a grant of . . . — Map (db m122689) HM
15Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Susquehannock Apartments146 Locust Street
Susquehannock — One of the two Native American Tribes (Shawnee) that originally populated the area around Columbia, PA. During the 1700', their estimated combined numbers were 2,000 (7,000 by modern estimates). Migrated to the area . . . — Map (db m136298) HM
16Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — The Old Columbia Public Grounds Co."River Park"
The Old Columbia Public Grounds Company had its inception in the desire of Samuel Wright, the founder of Columbia, to do something of lasting benefit for the citizens of the town. As he saw it, the ground along the river shore was the most valuable . . . — Map (db m136293) HM
17Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — Trolleys
Trolley systems spread rapidly throughout Lancaster and York Counties near the beginning of the Twentieth Century as they did elsewhere in the nation. Across the Susquehanna the Wrightsville & York Street Railway joined its namesakes in 1904. The . . . — Map (db m136303) HM
18Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Columbia — U.S. Submarine VeteransWorld War II
Dedicated to all submariners of World War II wherein 3,617 men and 52 submarines were lost We honor those men and all those that served with themMap (db m136300) WM
 
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