Category Archives: Susquehanna River

Burr’s 1815 McCall’s Ferry bridge was no match for Susquehanna ice

In 1801 famed engineer and architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe was commissioned by Pennsylvania to survey the Lower Susquehanna, with an eye to navigation and canals. A few years later, in 1807, Latrobe also reported on the Susquehanna to the U.S. … Continue reading

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“Paper city” of Manchester, York County

My post yesterday was on Eib’s Landing in present East Manchester Township. When I was doing research and looking at maps for that post and a prior one on the covered bridge over the Gut, I found an undated plan … Continue reading

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More on York County’s Eib’s Landing

One of my recent posts started with a Lewis Miller drawing of an 1835 covered bridge across the Gut, or “the Cud,” as he captioned it. It was an important bridge, paid for by the county, carried a road that … Continue reading

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Bridging York County’s Gut

My recent post was on the specifications advertised in 1828 by the York County Commissioners for . According to the Lewis Miller drawing, it was completed in 1835. Where was/is the Gut? The Gut is in East Manchester Township. You … Continue reading

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1828 York County bridge specs

Many covered bridges dotted the landscape in the 19th century. No original York County bridges survive, although fellow blogger Jim McClure says there were still 25 in the county as late as 1937. The specifications for these sturdy structures could … Continue reading

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York County lower end property, near McCall’s bridge, for sale in 1816

Newspapers of the past give a good look at the lives of our forebears. The advertisements can sometimes reveal more than news items. The ad below, from the York Gazette, for Richard Porter’s tavern, store, house with barn and other … Continue reading

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Wrightsville-Columbia bridge is getting 1930 style lights again

I am glad to see that the new “old lights” are going up on the Wrightsville-Columbia bridge. I have always loved the look of the multi-arched bridge, and I have many memories of crossing it. The modern lights have always … Continue reading

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Learn more about Latrobe’s 1801 mapping of the lower Susquehanna River

Map courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society. I will be doing a PowerPoint presentation this Saturday, April 12 on Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s wonderful map of a portion of our section of the Susquehanna River, as part of the York County … Continue reading

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Susquehanna ice piled 40 feet high in 1911

Last week Jim McClure included a link to photos on his blog post of a few years ago of Susquehanna River ice pushing over the banks in January 1959. They were originally shared by Jim Buckner, and taken by his … Continue reading

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Jacob Tome’s school

York County native Jacob Tome made his fortune at Port Deposit, Maryland. He made his lasting mark on the area by sharing his wealth with the community, among which were financing the Tome Memorial Church and the Tome School. Only … Continue reading

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