Crossing the Narrows

Crossing the Narrows (HM259E)

Location: Chester, MD 21619 Queen Anne's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 58.522', W 76° 14.96'

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The Kent Narrows was once the only crossing point from Kent Island to the Eastern Shore mainland. The earliest crossings were made by Native Americans in log canoes. Colonies crossed the marshy straits by ferry. Causeways and bridges were built to carry horse-drawn carriages, trains, and eventually cars across the water. Today more than 25 million vehicles cross the Narrows annually.

c. 1672 — Ferry links from Annapolis is to Kent Island and across the Kent Narrows are part of the Great Road system through the colonies.

c. 1826 — Earthen causeway built, closing the straits and joining the island with the mainland.

1876 — Causeway removed to allow boat traffic between the
Eastern Bay and the Chester River.

1876 — Drawbridge replaces the causeway.

c. 1900 — Queen Anne's Railroad Company builds railroad bridge across the Narrows.

1952 — The Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens, joining the Eastern and
Western Shrores of the Bay for the first time.

1956 — Last train crosses the Narrows and rail bridge is formally dosed.

1990 —65 foot-tall Kent Narrows Bridge completed.
HM NumberHM259E
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Date Added Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 1:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 391778 N 4314785
Decimal Degrees38.97536667, -76.24933333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.522', W 76° 14.96'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 31.32" N, 76° 14' 57.6" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 441 Piney Narrows Rd, Chester MD 21619, US
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