Milanville Bridge, December 2016

A River Runs Through It
Posted 2/26/18

Daniel Skinner, in 1763, steered a raft of white pine logs through this river channel to Philadelphia ship yards - creating a Milanville timber industry that lasted until WWI. Late in the 19th …

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Milanville Bridge, December 2016

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Daniel Skinner, in 1763, steered a raft of white pine logs through this river channel to Philadelphia ship yards - creating a Milanville timber industry that lasted until WWI.

Late in the 19th century, great grandson Milton won legal and political skirmishes to charter the Milanville Bridge Company -  which hired contractors who opened our bridge in 1901. 

Planners adapted a traditional crossing used by native peoples and white settlers, where ferries had plied for nearly a century. And where New York’s  Erie Railroad lay within walking distance.

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