Jug Bridge

Jug Bridge (HMV3)

Location: Frederick, MD 21701 Frederick County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 24.305', W 77° 23.019'

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An engineering marvel for early America

In 1800, travelers expected to ford rivers or use ferries that were slow and often risky in bad weather. The Baltimore and Frederick-Town Turnpike Company, building the first leg of the National Road in 1805, set out to revolutionize American roads. One of the results was an amazing five-arch stone bridge across the Monocacy River.

Leonard Harbaugh built the bridge in 1808 for a cost of $55,000. Mr. Harbaugh's signature was a distinctive stone "demijohn" placed on the bridge's east end, giving the span its name the "Jug Bridge." A demijohn was a popular bulbous, thin-necked bottle that often held whiskey. Rumors persist that a real jug of whiskey was planted inside the stone version. The Jug Bridge served faithfully well into the automobile era, but a collapse in 1942 led to a new bridge.

(Sidebar): Marquis de Lafayette
America's hero, Frenchman Marquis de Lafayette, crossed the Jug Bridge in December, 1824, entering Frederick on his triumphal U.S. tour fifty years after the Revolutionary War.
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HM NumberHMV3
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
Placed ByAmerica's Byways
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 12:52pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 294766 N 4364441
Decimal Degrees39.40508333, -77.38365000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.305', W 77° 23.019'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 18.30" N, 77° 23' 1.14" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301, 410, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1501 E Patrick St, Frederick MD 21701, US
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