GDG- ISusquehanna River

128thpa at 128thpa at
Fri Jan 27 13:18:37 CST 2012

<<Another quasi related Civil War story of the area, although it is about 40 miles from Benezette, is a visit to Kinzua Bridge ( ), which was originally built by General Thomas Kane (whom has a town named after him a few miles from there). His home is also a bed and breakfast, called Kane Manor, in the town of Kane, which is quite an impressive home. I believe he was the person responsible for organizing the original Bucktails, but please correct me if mistaken. > 


Was there the summer of 2002 before the bridge came down - an incredible feature.  Thomas Leiper Kane was born in Philadelphia - yes he helped to raise the 42nd Pa.  His brother is the Arctic explorer, Elisha Root Kane who wrote a well received book on his travels.  Elisha is buried in Laural Hill Cemetery.  IIRC, Thomas Kane had been buried there one time as he died while in Philadelphia and then was moved to Kane, Pa.  Thomas Kane was named after I believe his grandfather, Thomas Leiper who was an inventor. He is created with building the first documented railroad on his estate.   The family estate Avondale, is right outside Philadelphia and can be toured.  A family of overachievers. 


Also, Duncannon was mentioned - if anyone goes definitely check out the Sled Works -   It is an antique place with an old fashion soda fountain that makes great milkshakes. 


Also the last operating ferry across the Susquehanna (at least it was a few years ago) is at Millersville on the east side.  I can't find a website for it, but according to wikipedia it was still running in 2011.   I tried to take it once - but as we arrived, a lightening storm came through the area and thought better of it.  Millersville University has a very interesting campus with lots of history.  





----- Original Message -----

From: "Andy Mills" <amills at> 
To: "GDG" <gettysburg at> 
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2012 10:40:27 AM 
Subject: Re: GDG- ISusquehanna River 

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes: 

Thanks for the information (and like the witticism at the end).  It makes sense to cover a normal bridge, it just surprised me a railroad bridge would be covered.  I learn everyday how my assumptions are incorrect, mostly though the corrections come from my wife ;-) 

Out of curiosity:  is the Marysville Bridge the location of the Statue of Liberty in the river?  This is a bit north of Marysville (more like Duncannon I believe) but it seems where the Statue of Liberty is located could easily be a trestle / support column.   


-----Original Message----- 
From: gettysburg-bounces at [mailto:gettysburg-bounces at] On Behalf Of Jeff Burk 
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2012 9:51 AM 
To: GDG 
Subject: Re: GDG- ISusquehanna River 

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes: 
Andy, the Rockville Bridge is a bit south of the ruined Marysville Bridge. 
A wooden bridge has a life span of about ten to fifteen  years.  If you cover it the life span increases to about seventy to eighty years.  Also Covered Bridges are way cooler then regular ones. 

Jeff Burk 

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