Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Recently I took a little road trip to have lunch 
with my stepdaughter in a little town called Newport.
The drive along the river is beautiful, especially in the fall
after the leaves have changed.
(it's a little early.) 

The prettiest views are along the Juniata river.
Unfortunately there are no pull offs. 
 I'd be risking my life to try to take pictures there.
So we have to settle for the Susquehanna.

Fort Hunter Mansion and Park were built on a bluff
overlooking the Susquehanna  river. 
Over the years it has served as a fort in the French and Indian War, a hub for frontier commerce,
and finally a private estate that has been preserved
 and is open to the public with guided tours.
It has it's own interesting history

 (taken from a brochure)
This is along the Susquehanna river 
and just outside of Harrisburg, Pa.

These pictures were taken along a two mile stretch of road
that runs along the river in to Harrisburg.
It was a little hazy but still picturesque.

There are boat ramps here..lots of canoes.

Most of this river can be walked across especially this time of year.
People have drowned trying it though.


These old buildings are part of Fort Hunter Park.
I'm sorry I can't tell you much about them.

Heckton Church

This is the Rockville Bridge
I can remember my father when I was a little girl saying
"this is the longest stone-arch bridge in the world ."

Rockville, Pennsylvania
Completed 1902

resized_Rockville Stone Arch Bridge  
Courtesy Flickr/Doug Kerr 
"The greatest forward movement in the building of stone railroad bridges in America began in 1888, when the Pennsylvania Railroad company, under the direction of chief engineer William Brown, commenced replacing its wood and iron bridges with permanent ones of stone and concrete..."
 - Henry G. Tyrrell, History of Bridge Engineering, 1911

The third bridge built on the same site to carry railroad tracks across the Susquehanna River just north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Rockville Stone Arch Bridge, at 3,820 feet long and 52 feet wide, is believed to be the longest and widest stone-arch railroad bridge in the world. A central link in rail travel between New York City and Pittsburgh, the Rockville Stone Arch Bridge accommodates four lines of railroad tracks, today serving both the Norfolk Southern and Amtrak lines.

At the time of its construction, the Rockville Stone Arch Bridge represented the high point of the Pennsylvania Railroad's program in the late 19th century to replace all wooden and iron bridges with stone and concrete structures. It also demonstrated the successful evolution of stone-arch bridge-building in America, placing 48 spans of 70 feet each across the flood-prone Susquehanna and eliminating a significant bottleneck on the main Pennsylvania Railroad line.

1. With a concrete core encased in stone facing and stone arches, the Rockville Stone Arch Bridge was built in manner resembling the acqueducts of the Roman Empire. Serving its purpose for a century, the Rockville Stone Arch Bridge has survived not only record-setting floods but also substantial increases in load weights.
2. The Rockville Stone Arch Bridge replaced an iron, two-track bridge built in 1877, and an earlier, wooden bridge carrying a single track, completed in 1850. The wooden structure, based on the Howe-truss design with added Burr arches, comprised 23 spans for a total of 3670 feet.

I hope you've enjoyed this little piece of history.


Patricia said...

Thanks so much for this blog post today. I love the last photo of the stone arch bridge. Visiting historical sites is something that we love to do.

Lynne said...

I marvel at the ability to move rock, stone to create. The strength of that bridge is mighty. Great post Missy . . .

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I love going to historical parks like that one. Thanks for the tour! Amazing bridge too -- such a treasure for the people of that area.

NanaDiana said...

I love the old Susquehanna River. One of my school mates drowned in the Susquehanna in Athens, PA. Her brother got in over his head and she went out and saved him and got caught in one of those underwater currents. It was sad because we had such a small school. I have always had a healthy respect for that river. I just told a friend that I grew up on the Mississippi of the East coast-the Susquehanna!
GREAT pictures. xo Diana

Junebug said...

What a beautiful Fall drive! Your picture are gorgeous! A road trip through PA and seeing all the sites is on my bucket list! Retirement hurry up!!!!

Diane said...

Interesting. Had no idea there was a bridge like that there.

linda eller said...

What a lovely area, and thank you for sharing your pictures.

Rae said...

Those are awesome photos. Such beautiful scenery. It looks like a wonderful place to visit.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Very neat tunnel in that last photo. I know what you mean about 'no place to pull over' to take photos. I run into that all the time here and have to just shrug my shoulders and move on. Sure would love to get some of the shots though.

dan said...

Nice post indeed. Missy!Interesting to know about history. Was Fort Hunter Mansion a fort during the war? It sound so American to me! Very glad you share. . .

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tour , it's be awhile since I have been that direction. Suzi

Susie said...

Missy, I like this post. It's fun to learn about the history of an area. xoxo,Susie

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

Neat little trip you is always fun to see historic things. I really like that bridge and to think it is still useable. A bridge built in 1980 in Green Bay was shut down because of buckling in one part of the bridge, it is only 33 years old. That old bridge above is 100...goes to show things made years ago were built to last...interesting.

Lilasesazuis said...

Missy, dear,

Sorry, I had not seen your post.

What a delightful ride!

Thank you for posting such beautiful pictures, I love to know the history and traveled with her ​​look!


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