Clark's Ferry Bridge

Clark's Ferry Bridge (HM2974)

Location: Duncannon, PA 17020 Perry County
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N 40° 23.387', W 77° 1.778'

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The Clark's Ferry Bridge was part of the Main Line Pennsylvania Canal built in 1828. Mules walked on a cantilevered walkway outside the structure and towed canal boats across the river. The dam below the bridge was known as Green's Dam and created a calm surface for the canal boats. The bridge put an end to the hand-poled ferry that existed at this location for nearly 50 years.
Seven different bridges have crossed the Susquehanna at this location. While in Dauphin County the bridge has always had a strong connection to Duncannon and contributed greatly to its growth in the mid-1800s. The covered bridge that stood in the distance was considered at the time to be the longest covered bridge in the world at 2088 feet.
[Photo captions, clockwise from top left, read]
· 1888
· View from Peter's Mountain
· Inside bridge
· Collecting tolls circa 1920
· The "new" bridge 1928
· Early 1900s
HM NumberHM2974
Placed ByHistorical Society of Perry County, Susquehanna Greenway, PA DCNR and Borough of Duncannon
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Date Added Monday, July 9th, 2018 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 327734 N 4472998
Decimal Degrees40.38978333, -77.02963333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 23.387', W 77° 1.778'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 23' 23.22" N, 77° 1' 46.68" W
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Area Code(s)717
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 Water St, Duncannon PA 17020, US
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