Conowingo, Maryland

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Conowingo, Maryland
Unincorporated community
Conowingo is located in Maryland
Conowingo
Conowingo
Location within the state of Maryland
Conowingo is located in the US
Conowingo
Conowingo
Conowingo (the US)
Coordinates: 39°40′40″N 76°09′33″W / 39.67778°N 76.15917°W / 39.67778; -76.15917Coordinates: 39°40′40″N 76°09′33″W / 39.67778°N 76.15917°W / 39.67778; -76.15917
CountryUnited States
StateMaryland
CountyCecil
Elevation289 ft (88 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code21918
Area code(s)410, 443, and 667
GNIS feature ID590012[1]
Original location of Conowingo

Conowingo is a small community in western Cecil County, Maryland, United States.

Conowingo is a Susquehannock word for "at the rapids".[2]

History[edit]

Conowingo was originally located on the eastern bank of the Susquehanna River at the confluence of the Conowingo Creek with the river. Conowingo was at the rapids that were the first navigation obstacle on the Susquehanna upstream of the Chesapeake Bay, the location of an early stretch of canal. It was also the site of the Conowingo Bridge.

A 90-foot (27.4 m) fall of the river at the rapids dictated the location of the Conowingo Dam and thus the resulting inundation of the Old Conowingo site by the subsequent Conowingo Reservoir. At the completion of the dam in 1928, the Conowingo Post Office was relocated to the hill above the dam.

Conowingo is not an incorporated municipality, nor a US Census Bureau census-designated place.

Octorara Farm was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[3]

Conowingo Village[edit]

A new town, named Conowingo Village, was created in 1928, on the Harford County side of the dam. It was initially a company town to house the dam's plant managers and workers. From the 1980s to 2000, the power company leased the homes to non-workers. In October, 2000, the village was shuttered. And in 2001 the power company donated the land to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the buildings to the local fire companies for training.

Geography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Conowingo". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Peco's Hydroelectric Station Marks 65th Anniversary -- 'A Symbol of Progress' in 1928 One of the World's Largest Power Projects".
  3. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.

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