A Tale of Three Bridges

A Tale of Three Bridges (HM38T)

Location: Annapolis, MD 21403 Anne Arundel County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 58.325', W 76° 28.985'

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The bridge to Annapolis has always been a key part of Eastport life.

The first wooden bridge, built in 1868, connected here at the end of Fourth Street. It served pedestrians and horse-drawn wagons. Forty years later, a larger steel bridge was built in the same location for cars and trucks. The bridge tender lived on the bridge and opened the pivoting central span by hand-crank whenever a boat needed to pass through. On hot days, the steel expanded, preventing the span from closing properly until a fire truck was called to hose it down with cold water.

The drawbridge you see today, connecting with Sixth Street two blocks to your left, was built in 1947 with heavy weights to counter-balance the center spans. If you hear a horn, watch how the bridge opens to let a sailboat through.

Text with upper left photo: Before bridges were built, Eastporters traveled to and from Annapolis by ferry to avoid the three-mile detour around the end of Spa Creek.
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HM NumberHM38T
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Placed ByChesapeake Bay Gateways Network, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Four Rivers Garden Club
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 5:40pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 371523 N 4314724
Decimal Degrees38.97208333, -76.48308333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.325', W 76° 28.985'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 19.50" N, 76° 28' 59.10" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 703, 240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300 Fourth St, Annapolis MD 21403, US
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