Category Archives: canals

Benjamin Latrobe’s map of the lower Susquehanna River shows wild York and Lancaster county shores

Latrobe thought the Turkey Hill rapids or falls “most formidible.” Benjamin Henry Latrobe has been called one of the fathers of American architecture, but his work surveying and mapping the Susquehanna River in 1801from Columbia, Pa. to Havre de Grace, … Continue reading

Posted in 1800s, canals, Chanceford Twp., Columbia, PA, dams, ferries, Hellam Twp., Lancaster County, Long Level, Lower Windsor Twp., Maryland, Peach Bottom Twp., Safe Harbor, Susquehanna River, transportation, Universal York, water power, Windsor Township, York County | Comments Off on Benjamin Latrobe’s map of the lower Susquehanna River shows wild York and Lancaster county shores

Early Port on the Susquehanna River

1864 Bridgen’s map of Conestoga Township showing dam. 1860 Shearer & Lake map of Chanceford Township. A friend recently alerted me to an article about the port of Safe Harbor on the east bank of the Susquehanna River. The article … Continue reading

Posted in 1820s, 1830s, 1840s, 1850s, canals, Chanceford Twp., dams, Lancaster County, Safe Harbor, Susquehanna River, Universal York, York County | Comments Off on Early Port on the Susquehanna River

York Furnace Bridge Wiped Out Twice

York Furnace Bridge piers, probably in the 1890s. Residents of “the lower end” of York and Lancaster counties thought they could beat winter weather in the 1850s by building a bridge across the Susquehanna River at York Furnace. The Lancaster … Continue reading

Posted in 1750s, 1900s, bridges, canals, commerce, Fawn Township, floods, Lancaster County, Lower Chanceford Twp., Peach Bottom Twp., roads, Susquehanna River, Universal York, York County, York Furnace | Comments Off on York Furnace Bridge Wiped Out Twice

Wrightsville Was Hopping in 1877

Wrightsville has always occupied an important location in the transportation network. The Monocacy Trail, orginally a Native American path, became one of the first roads for the European settlers to York County and beyond. That road crossed the Susquehanna River … Continue reading

Posted in 1870s, business, canals, Columbia, PA, commerce, highways, railroads, roads, Susquehanna River, transportation, Universal York, Wrightsville, York County | Comments Off on Wrightsville Was Hopping in 1877