Cochran Mills Bridge

Cochran Mills Bridge (HM1EPA)

Location: Ford City, PA 16226 Armstrong County
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N 40° 40.433', W 79° 27.517'

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In 1800, not too far from here along Cherry Run, George Painter built the first gristmill in Burrell Township. By 1804 he had relocated the mill to this site on Crooked Creek and added a sawmill. The mills changed hands several times and by 1822 a fulling mill was added. The mills eventually came under the ownership of Michael Cochran (1858) and the settlement became known as Cochran Mills. It is the birthplace of Elizabeth Jane Cochran (1864-1922), a female journalist who wrote under the pen name Nellie Bly. An industrialist and charity worker, Bly is notable for feigning insanity to write an undercover expose on mental institutions. In the late 1930s the settlement was razed for the impoundment of Crooked Creek Dam, one of 16 dams which the US Army Corps of Engineers constructed to control flooding along the Allegheny River basin.
Placed ByPennsylvania Dept. of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 6:56am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 630271 N 4503698
Decimal Degrees40.67388333, -79.45861667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 40.433', W 79° 27.517'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 40' 25.98" N, 79° 27' 31.02" W
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Area Code(s)724, 412
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 404 Pennsylvania 2025, Ford City PA 16226, US
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