Wrightsville Dam

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Wrightsville dam
Official name Wrightsville Dam
Location Lancaster / York counties, Pennsylvania, USA
Construction began 1840
Opening date 1840
Operator(s) defunct
Dam and spillways
Impounds Susquehanna River
Height 10 feet
Length ~5,000 feet

The Wrightsville Dam was a 19th-century dam on the lower Susquehanna River between Wrightsville and Columbia, Pennsylvania.

The low-head dam was constructed in 1840 to impound the waters of the Susquehanna to provide a slackwater pool to allow the safe passage of canal boats from the Pennsylvania Canal on the Columbia (Lancaster County) side across the mile-wide rocky river to the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal on the Wrightsville (York County) side.[1]

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  1. ^ McClure, James, Where exactly is the Susquehanna River's Holtwood Dam?, York Town Square blog, York Daily Record, Retrieved 2008-10-14.