Bowmansdale, Pennsylvania

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Bowmansdale
Village
Bowmansdale is located in Pennsylvania
Bowmansdale
Bowmansdale
Location within the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°09′58″N 76°58′41″W / 40.16611°N 76.97806°W / 40.16611; -76.97806Coordinates: 40°09′58″N 76°58′41″W / 40.16611°N 76.97806°W / 40.16611; -76.97806
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Cumberland
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Bowmansdale is a village located in Upper Allen Township in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, south of Mechanicsburg. It is named after Jacob Bowman, a former Cumberland County Sheriff.

Bowmandsdale has been recognized as a historic district by the Cumberland County Planning Department.[1] The other historic districts in eastern Cumberland County include the Market Street District in Camp Hill, the Lisburn Historic District, the McCormick Road Historic District, the Mechanicsburg Commercial Historic District, the New Cumberland Historic District, the Shepherdstown Historic District, West Fairview Village.[2]

Before permanent settlements were built in Cumberland County, numerous Native American transportation paths crossed the county.[3] Bowmansdale was a recognized stop on the Conoy Trail that ran between the places that are now known as Lisburn and Carlisle.[4]

By 1884, Bowmansdale was a stop on the Harrisburg and Potomac Railroad that connected Harrisburg to Shippensburg.[5] The rail line was later purchased by the Reading Railroad.[6]

The Bowmansdale Stoner covered bridge, built in 1867, was relocated to the campus of nearby Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania in 1972.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ccpa.net/documentcenter/view/15824
  2. ^ http://pa-cumberlandcounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/7977
  3. ^ http://www.ccpa.net/documentcenter/view/7971
  4. ^ http://www.ccpa.net/documentcenter/view/7971
  5. ^ Westfaeffer, Paul. History of the Cumberland County Railroad. Washington DC: National Railway Historic Society; 1979.
  6. ^ Westfaeffer, Paul. History of the Cumberland County Railroad. Washington DC: National Railway Historic Society; 1979.
  7. ^ "Bowmansdale Covered Bridge". PAontheGo.com. Retrieved 2014-04-06.