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Leaman Place Bridge

Leaman Place Bridge

Prior to the construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad only Henry Leaman's small farmhouse stood near here. In 1835, Mr. Leaman built a hotel and soon after a railroad station was established. A small village gradually sprung up and by the 1880s “Leaman Place” consisted of about a dozen houses, a telegraph office, and a common school. In 1845 inhabitants of Paradise and Leacock petitioned for a bridge “where the public highway leading from the Philadelphia & Columbia railroad to New Holland crosses said creek, at Eckert's Mill…”

James C. Carpenter built the first bridge here in 1845 for $983.00. A half century later this bridge was reported unsafe, frequently overflowed, and was dangerous for public travel. Elias McMellen rebuilt the worn bridge in 1893 for $2,431.00. This bridge was also known as Eshleman's Mill Bridge after the Eshleman family that operated mills adjacent to here. Milton B. Eshleman ran a large three story mill near this bridge in the 1870s once known as Evergreen Mills.

Website: https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=162445

Attribution: By Cosmos Mariner

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Posted By: Ray Gurganus

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Updated: 10-26-2021