The Cumberland Blue Book; A Compendium of Information of Lower Cumberland County ...

The Cumberland Blue Book; A Compendium of Information of Lower Cumberland County ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...because of freshets, or the moving ice, became impassable all the east-bound travel became gorged at Camp Hill where it would await the going down of the flood. At such times the yards and the orchard, the sides of the road and all other available space about the tavern, were crowded with teams. When the freshets subsided and the river again became ferriable there would be frantic struggles among the delayed and impatient teamsters to reach the ferries, and much strategy was practiced to get advanced positions in the lines and violent quarrels sometimes ensued. Undoubtedly the greatest event in the history of this ancient Provincial highway was the trip of George Washington over it. On the morning of the 4th of October, 1794, that great and good man forded the river from Harrisburg to Kelso's in his carriage, driving himself, and passed up the Great Road, through what is now Camp Hill, on his way to put down the Whiskey Insurrection. In the diary which he kept at the time, appears the following entry: " On the Cumberland side I found a detachment of the Philadelphia light horse, ready to receive and escort me to Carlisle, seventeen miles, where I arrived about 11 o'clock." The building of the first bridge across the Susquehanna at Harrisburg was begun in 1813, and by April, 1816, it was sufiiciently advanced to permit of the passage of the United States mail coach, and by October of the same year it was thrown open to the general public and the collecting of tolls commenced. After that the ferries in the vicinity had very little to do and were no longer rated on the tax list. A short distance west of Tobias Hendricks' place a road diverged from the " Great Road" off to the left and passed across a...
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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236983297
  • 9781236983299