Category Archives: Susquehanna River

York-built Codorus as a passenger ferry in 1829

The York-built steamboat CODORUS was the first metal-hulled steamboat to operate in America. The CODORUS also was the first common carrier metal-hulled steamboat put in service in America; when it commenced operation in 1829 as a passenger ferry providing regularly … Continue reading

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York-built steamboat traveled 300-miles up Susquehanna in 1826

A York-built iron steamboat was successfully launched in the Susquehanna River at Accomac, Hellam Township on November 22, 1825. The boat named CODORUS was the first metal-hulled steamboat in America. The builder, John Elgar, captained the CODORUS on a voyage … Continue reading

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York Haven mural of first working canal in PA

Cliff Satterthwaite painted two large murals for the York Haven State Bank in 1980. This mural depicts canal operations in York Haven during the 1840-1850s era; and looks across the Susquehanna River towards Falmouth, Lancaster County. That canal at York … Continue reading

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Avoiding Sour Beer’s Eddy when rafting the Susquehanna

Lumber Rafts on the Lower Susquehanna River The origins of this post stem from looking through the newspaper microfilms at the York County Heritage Trust and coming across the following article in the April 30, 1883, issue of the York … Continue reading

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Waddy George’s Curioseum in the Accomac Hills

Bill Neff wrote if I could provide further details about the following message; written on a postcard sent to his grandfather in Virginia and postmarked York, Pa. on June 15, 1937. “The Waddy George Curioseum on the Wizard Ranch is … Continue reading

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History of The Susquehanna Trail

The History of The Susquehanna Trail has quickly become my top requested local history presentation since the initial offering during September 2016. Before Interstate-83 the prominent north-south road in York County was the Susquehanna Trail. Last Saturday a nice crowd … Continue reading

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How a mile long river bridge was built in 21 days

This photo of the mile long steel railroad bridge over the Susquehanna River, linking Wrightsville and Columbia, is believed to include some of the workmen that erected the bridge in 21 working days during 1897. The Pennsylvania Railroad used the … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during June 2016

Near the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. This single graphic, features illustrations from all top 10 posts; however giving greater space to the higher ranked posts. If you … Continue reading

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Watershed Event at Wyndridge Farms on June 21

A local historical perspective on residence in the Chesapeake Bay community will be presented at Wyndridge Farms on Tuesday June 21st from 7 PM until dusk. The back yard of Wyndridge overlooks the Barshinger Creek Watershed; which will be the … Continue reading

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Hike the River Trail between Columbia and Marietta

Earlier this week I walked the newly completed River Trail between Columbia and Marietta. The project that produced the Columbia Bypass (Route 441) for automobiles also provided a river level path from south of the Route 462 Bridge in Columbia … Continue reading

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