Historic Crossing

The river is wide, the river is deep. It’s also jammed with ice which disrupts the fast flow of water normally seen in this section of the Susquehanna, upstream from the top of the Chesapeake Bay. On this 9-degree (F) evening as the sun lowers itself toward the horizon, the combination of nature and man-made elements come together to produce a pleasant view.

The old bridge abutments seen here date back to 1868 and were part of the third bridge crossing this span between Columbia and Wrightsville Pennsylvania. This is a historic location, as there have been four bridges here with the first being built in 1812 and the second playing a major role in the American Civil War (1861 – 1865).

With war in the distant past, we have a peaceful, serene setting during the winter months of 2013-2014.

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The only visible water along this stretch of the river runs along the eastern shoreline of Columbia. The rest is covered by ice and snow all the way across to the western shore of Wrightsville. There was an older gentleman out with his dog and camera who struck up a conversation. He has lived in the area all of his life and told me that he can only remember this much ice along the river occurring a few times.

During my research of the area I read that the first bridge (opened 200 years ago in 1814) was destroyed by ice. Built of wood and stone, the whitewashed, covered structure lasted only 14 years before it's demise.

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