Rock Creek (Monocacy River)
|Townships||West: Cumberland, East: Mount Joy & Straban|
|- from East||coordinates shown right-justified|
|- from West||coordinates shown left-justified|
|Cities||Gettysburg, PA, Barlow, PA|
|Highest point||mainstream perennial flow|
|- location||near Rentzel Road|
|Source||Susquehanna drainage divide|
|Basin||65 sq mi (168 km2) |
|USGS feature ID||1185250 |
|Namesakes||Civil War: Rock Creek Rangers|
|Website: Rock Creek Watershed (map)|
Rock Creek is an 18.9-mile-long (30.4 km) tributary of the Monocacy River in south-central Pennsylvania and serves as the border between Cumberland and Mount Joy townships. Rock Creek was used by the Underground Railroad (at McAllister's Mill, "slaves would slosh through the water to throw off the tracking dogs that were pursuing them") and flows near several Gettysburg Battlefield sites, including Culp's Hill, the Benner Hill artillery location, and Barlow Knoll.
|Rock Creek intersections, north-to-south|
|Sources||On drainage divide with Conewago Creek
Northernmost watershed point:
Summit near Oak Hill Rd:
Summit on Stone Jug Rd:
Summit on Harrisburg Rd:
|Shriver's Corner Rd|
|Branch||Crosses US 15 at milepost 13.2 north of Hunterstown Rd bridge|
|Branch||Extends beyond Shriver's Corner Road (at Goldenville Rd) to just beyond Rentzel Rd:|
|Boyd's Schoolhouse Rd||Cumberland/Straban township border|
|Survey line||Borough line|
|"Site 59" on creek in Cumberland and Straban townships "intended for flood control".|
|Blocher's Run||Flow from Marsh Creek (west) & Conewago Creek (north) triple pt on Oak Ridge: }|
US 15 Bus.
|Harrisburg Road site of former 1846 covered bridge built by Joseph Clapsaddle near Barlow Knoll|
|Run||drainage from the east|
|Run||Drainage along former site of Alm's house from Gettysburg College's Quarry Lake & Oak Ridge triple point (with Willoughby/Pitzer Runs)|
|Island||Depicted on 1916 Gettysburg National Military Park map|
|Run||(Depicted on battlefield map at right)|
|Railroad||Early's Confederates burned the trestle on June 27, 1863 (rebuilt days later & in 1912)|
|US 30||1807 3-arch  stone bridge of 60 ft (18 m), 1853 covered bridge, 1919 Lincoln Highway bridge, replacement |
|PA 116||Site of former 1853 90-foot covered bridge built by John Finly and 1932 concrete bridge.|
|Survey line||Borough line|
|Rock Creek Ravine||Location noted in several battle records|
|Jones Bridge Run?||Flows north of Culp's Hill to confluence just upstream of island|
|Survey line||1893 Warren survey line for Gettysburg Battlefield crossed creek |
|Benner Run||Flows southeast of Benner's Hill artillery location ("Ladys Run" in 1886)|
|Ford||between Spangler Spring and farm (Z. Tawney during the battle)|
|Spangler Spring Run||Drainage southward from Stevens Knoll|
|Former site of McAllister's Mill dam (destroyed by 1870 flood)|
|Run||(Depicted on battlefield map at right)|
|Ford||1889 road downstream of McAllister's Mill|
|Baltimore Pike||1802 turnpike bridge (north of PA 97 terminus)|
|Run||Flows under Baltimore Pike|
|US 15||Near site of Battle of Gettysburg field hospital at George Bushman Farm:|
|White Run||Drainage from Lake Heritage, Pennsylvania|
|Run||Drainage from Weikert Hill and Round Top, Pennsylvania|
|Wright Avenue Run||from Big Round Top|
|Sachs Road||1891 bridge|
|Little's Run||"Two Taverns Run" in 1901  when bridge was built at Little's Tavern|
|Soloman Road||1895 steel Burr arch bridge "Lott's Bridge" at "Lott's fording" & 1977 ("Lott's Bridge") near Pine Bank Cemetery|
|Rock Creek Ford||Former ford just upstream of bend in creek with overhanging cliff|
|Distributary||Former headpoint of millrace|
|Dam ruins||Former 1798 Black's/Horner's Mill dam to provide head for millrace (rebuilt 1937):150|
|Plum Run||Named "Rock" Run in 1821|
|PA 134||Taneytown Rd at Barlow: 1841 covered bridge, c. 1872 replacement, 1923 & 1989 concrete bridges|
|Run||Flow from southwest of Big Round Top|
|Cromer's Ford||Former ford for Chapel Road route south to Taneytown Rd (horse team, wagon, & driver swept away in 1875)|
|Run||Upstream of site of former ford at Benner Rd|
|Run||Near former intersection of Taneytown Rd & Basehoar-Roth Rd, and upstream of former Swetland Rd ford|
|Mason-Dixon Rd||("Rock Creek Rd") site of 192-foot, single-span 1890 Burr arch bridge (east span collapsed January 5, 1946)|
|Lousy Run||Near The Links|
|Mouth||Confluence with Marsh Creek ("The Points")|||
- Blocher's Run is a stream which flows from Oak Ridge (triple watershed point at ) on the Gettysburg Battlefield eastward to the Rock Creek ( ) through and near areas of the Battle of Gettysburg, First Day. During the Battle of Gettysburg Confederate soldiers took cover behind the trees that lined the stream.
- Guinn Run is a stream flowing southeastward from Cemetery Hill past the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center to Rock Creek. The stream was bridged by the 1809 Gettysburg and Petersburg Turnpike Company and in the commemorative era by the United States War Department when Hunt and Slocum Avenues were built. A dam was built on Guinn Run to form a pond for Fantasyland, Pennsylvania, through the 1960s and 1970s.
- Spangler Spring Run is a stream which flows from near Culp's Hill to the Rock Creek through Gettysburg Battlefield areas of the Battle of Gettysburg, Second Day, to Rock Creek at .
- Stevens Run (Stevens Creek, Tiber) is a 2.2-mile-long (3.5 km)[verification needed] stream which is a tributary of Rock Creek flowing over the Gettysburg Battlefield and through the borough of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Within the borough the stream is in a concrete channel, including a covered portion. From 1884 to 1942, the run was spanned by three bridges of the Round Top Branch railroad. Samuel Gettys' Tavern was located on the south side on the uphill slope of the now-named Stevens Run, and Rock Creek Church was approximately on the north bank of the now-named Carlisle Street and Stevens Run. In 1902, a new bridge was built over the Tiber on Chambersburg Street.
- Winebrenner Run is a stream in Gettysburg, flowing eastward to Rock Creek originally from a Gettys-Black Divide triple point (with Stevens Run & Guinn Run) near Zeigler's Grove. The Confederate military line along the stream was the starting point for the battle of East Cemetery Hill on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, and most of the upstream portion of the run was engineered c. 1961 into underground drainage to open flow at the school complex near the Culp Farm at East Confederate Avenue.
- White Run is a stream which flows along East Cavalry Field and is an eponym of the Rock Creek-White Run hospital complex. The run's mouth is at Rock Creek near the Trostle Farm along the Sachs Road, site of a hospital east of Round Top, Pennsylvania.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Maps of Adams County, Pennsylvania.|
- Garmin 530HCx user (2009-11-16), GPS Measurement at confluence point (Rock Creek west bank and Marsh Creek north bank) at water level & at base of 8 foot embankment)
- "The National Map" (NHD Viewer). National Hydrography Dataset. NationalMap.gov (USGS). Retrieved 2011-07-21.
- Watershed Alliance of Adams County. Gettysburg, PA. "Watershed Profile: Rock Creek Watershed." Accessed 2010-08-21.
- "Local History: The Wooden Bridges Built by Adams County" (Google News Archive). Gettysburg Compiler. March 22, 1872. p. 2 (col 6). Retrieved 2011-04-26.
1841.--Contract with John Camp, for a covered bridge of two spans of 60 feet each, across Rock creek, at Horner's mill, on the Taneytown road--dated January 4, 1841; price $2,000. Commissioners, Daniel Diehl, Joseph J. Kuhn and William Douglass. This bridge was swept away by a flood about a year ago, and has since been replaced by another of the same character, on foundations several feet higher.
- "Will Ask For Two County Bridges" (Google News Archive). Gettysburg Times. Times and News Publishing Company. April 4, 1923. Retrieved 2011-04-28.
The present structure at Barlow is a girder bridge of two fifty-five foot spans. It was built more than 70 years ago, according to the Commissioners. At one time 52 years ago, the structure was washed away from its moorings and carried on a much-swollen Rock Creek for a distance of half a mile. It was brought back; a few additions were made and only slight repairs have been made since that time. The bridge now has a roadway 16 feet wide. This is to be increased to 20 feet and all abutments and piles are to be reinforced with concrete
- "Dam Broken" (Google News Archive). Gettysburg Compiler. February 16, 1886. p. 3 (col 2). Retrieved 2011-04-26.
We hear that Horner's Dam, on Rock creek, five miles south of Gettysburg, was broken on Friday night,[February 12] and about 165 feet of the breast carried away. The new county bridge (occupying the place of one destroyed by a similar flood a few years ago) escaped without damage except a slight break in the pier supporting the centre. Mr. Henry Schriver lost 150 panels of post and rail fence along the creek by the heavy ice floating against it, and some of the roads were blocked.
- Geiselman (née Plank), John Henry (1996). Cleveland, Linda K, ed. Reflections. Preface: Sanders, Audrey J. Columbus GA: Brentwood Christian Press. pp. 26–7. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
in the spring of 1923 they tore down the old covered bridge [and] erected a temporary bridge, up the creek… Mrs Heintzelman was in the [former miller] house busy baking. …carried her up to the…store… the cat was on the sewing machine and the dog on the table. …the oven door open and now the pies were floating around in the kitchen. … The flooding…broke up the temporary bridge. …formed a dam [into] the new bridgeconstruction
- "Flooding causes evacuations". GettysburgTimes.com. September 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-11.
a water rescue was made around 6 a.m. at a Taneytown Road residence [sic] along Rock Creek in Cumberland [sic] Township.(the rescue was from a northbound car stranded in the water over the roadway on the Mount Joy Township side of the creek.)
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rock Creek (1185250)
- Nasby, Dolly (2005). Gettysburg (Google Books). Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-3651-2. Retrieved 2011-03-11.
McAllister's Old Grist Mill … housed an Underground Railroad hideout.
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- "Court Proceedings" (Google News Archive). New Oxford Item. August 21, 1891. Retrieved 2011-09-11.
The report of viewers to view bridge site over Rock creek at the place where the public highway leading from the Gettysburg and Taneytown road to the Baltimore pike, crosses said creek on the line of the townships of Cumberland and Mountjoy, was confirmed nisi. The report was favorable to a bridge.(column 4)
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- "To Bridge Builders" (Google News Archive). Gettysburg Compiler. April 30, 1895. Retrieved 2011-09-11.
- "County Plans New Rock Creek Bridge" (Google News Archive). Gettysburg Times. November 16, 1976. Retrieved 2011-09-11.
- "Out Of The Past: 150 ears [sic] ago" (Google News Archive). Gettysburg Times. December 22, 1975. Retrieved 2011-09-11.
- "Half Of Longest Bridge In County Collapses As Ice Breaks Pole Props". Gettysburg Compiler. January 5, 1946.
The breakup of ice on the creek had carried away 10 telephone pole props the highway department had used to bolster the 96 foot section. ... Twenty or more years ago...a concrete pier was built in the middle of the span
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- Charles Teague (2001). "Barlow's Knoll Revisited". Military History Online. Retrieved 2012-01-22.
Blocher’s Knoll had a distinct disadvantage. Though the swollen Rock Creek itself was a barrier of sorts, the trees along that stream as well as Blocher’s Run would give cover to advancing soldiers. Barlow sought to balance that by sending four companies of the 17th Connecticut across the bridge to the Josiah Benner homestead on the far side of Rock Creek. They were there as skirmishers to blunt the advance of Gordon’s troops and alert their comrades.
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Rock Creek Church…located one mile north of the future town of Gettysburg (located near the junction of Carlisle Street and the Mummasburg Road)
- "Public Sale of Real Estate" (Google News Archives). Gettysburg Compiler. June 27, 1899. Retrieved 2011-04-26.