An 1881 view of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Growing up in a coal town in northern Dauphin County, I spent a lot of time traveling to and from the Pennsylvania state capital. There are many fond memories of drives south along the Susquehanna River to Harrisburg. As an avid fan of trains, I loved watched hulking freight trains crossing the long Rockville Bridge. And then the city would come into view as we drove south along Front Street. A recent illustration I found from 1881 brought many of these sights back to me.

The illustration comes from the collections of the New York Public Library and shows the Pennsylvania capital from the west shore of the Susquehanna River a few miles below the city itself.

Harrisburg 1881


Featured Image: An 1881 illustration showing Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (NYPL)


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