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  • Day106

    Harpers Ferry ...

    November 23, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    ist eine Stadt auf der rechten Seite des Potomac, die allerlei Geschichten aus dem Bürgerkrieg zu erzählen hat. Zwei Eisenbahnbrücken führen hinüber, davon eine mit einem Fußgängerweg. Also das Fahrrad entladen und die Treppe zur Brücke hinauf.
    Ich habe ein Zimmer in der Stadt gemietet. Heute ist Thanksgiving, und die Leute haben das Haus voller Besuch. Auch ich bekomme noch ein Stück vom Truthahn und ein Bier.
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    Dan Whaley

    Happy Thanksgiving Ulrich!


    Tach Ullerich, auch von mir ein "fröhliches Erntedankfest" aus der Heimat. Auch auf diesen Photos: tolle Landschaften, grandiose Stahlbaubrücken und ein famoser Tunnel-Eingang. Jost vom F 18

  • Day2

    Harpers Ferry

    August 11, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

    A quick stop at Harper Ferry National Historic Park. This is where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet in a V. Robert Harper started a ferry across here in 1747.

    We saw the US Armory that George Washington commissioned. Here in the 1800’s many innovations fueled the Industrial Revolution. Most notable was the invention of manufacturing with interchangeable parts.

    In 1859, John Brown, an abolitionist, seized the armory. While the raid failed and Brown executed, attention was now on slavery and this helped push the nation into civil war. The raid was a symbol of freedom.
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  • Day12

    Harpers Ferry

    October 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Hier haben wir in einem guten Hotel ein Zimmer gefunden, spannender ist aber der kleine Ort keine Meile von hier.

    Harpers Ferry ist historisch vor allem durch den Überfall John Browns am 16. Oktober 1859 bekannt, durch den dieser einen Sklavenaufstand entfachen wollte. Die Sklaven sollten mit Handwaffen bewaffnet werden, die in der im Ort befindlichen zweiten staatlichen Waffenfabrik für die US-Streitkräfte hergestellt worden waren. Der Plan scheiterte. Die Waffenfabrik bestand von 1799 bis April 1861. Um sie nicht in konföderierte Hände fallen zu lassen, zündete die militärische Sicherung die Gebäude vor ihrem Abzug an. Den Konföderierten gelang es, die eingelagerten Waffen und die Maschinen vor der Zerstörung zu retten.

    Harpers Ferry Waffenfabrik 1857 mit Baltimore-Ohio Eisenbahn um 1857
    Harpers Ferry wechselte während des Amerikanischen Bürgerkriegs zwölfmal[2] den Besitzer. 1862 war der Ort Schauplatz der Schlacht um Harpers Ferry, bei der die Konföderierten erfolgreich waren.

    Seit 1944 ist Harpers Ferry Teil des Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Seit 1964 unterhält der National Park Service dort ein Ausbildungszentrum für Natur- und Kulturinterpretation (Stephen T. Mather Training Center), und seit 1970 werden in einem eigenen Gebäude (Harpers Ferry Center) sämtliche Tafeln und Broschüren für alle Einrichtungen des Park Service entworfen.
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  • Day28

    Harpers Ferry

    August 31, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    This was the first time I got to use my America the beautiful pass. The security lady was super nice and punched out September for me, since they forgot to do it when I bought it. I was originally going to do a hike to get to a scenic view, but instead I met Anne and we walked the Appalachian trail going North for a while. We also cane across 5 backpackers on the trail. We talked to all of them for a little while. Two were hiking together said they had been out for two weeks and did about 200 miles already.Read more

  • Day129

    Harpers Ferry, WV - Harpers Ferry KOA

    June 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    At our last stop on the 2019 trip, Harper's Ferry, West Virginia and yet another KOA campground. We have been to both the town of Harpers Ferry and the KOA campground on a prior trip. Apparently we've had a memory lapse, or possibly a senior moment when it came to this campground.

    This campground is big. We joined a 1000+ of our closest camper friends spread over 310 campsites. Close is the operative word here. We are stuffed onto a hilly postage stamp size piece of land which makes for close quarters and challenging campsite parking. Add very narrow roads and traversing the campground becomes an olympic sport, especially when driving a sizeable RV. This type of campground attracts the locals, looking to have all the amenities at their doorstep and to be entertained accordingly. The fact that the Harper's Ferry KOA is corporate owned and not a family operation probably puts profits as the operational priority, rather than a healthy camping experience.

    But all is not lost! After all, we are in a famous town, Harpers Ferry. History abounds. Harpers Ferry National Park is literally right next door to our campground. The Park commemorates the historical significance of Harpers Ferry. The events of 1859 can be viewed as a precursor to the Civil War. The 1859 town was a bustling industrial center with a population of 3,000. The confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers here along with rail and canal access gave the town an important geographic position. The US Army maintained an armory here that was the attraction for the abolitionist John Brown. He wanted to arm a slave uprising and raided the armory. Unfortunately, he got trapped in the armory by US troops commanded by Robert E. Lee ( yes, that Lee). Brown surrendered, was tried, convicted, and hung for his abolishionist activism.

    Today the town enjoys a more gentle atmosphere. With a much smaller population today of only 300, Harpers Ferry provides the tourist and history buff an inviting setting to enjoy.
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