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Millersburg, Pennsylvania

Millersburg is a borough in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  The population was 2,562 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Harrisburg–Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Elevation 166 feet
GIS: 40.541667, -76.957222

History
Millersburg was founded in 1807 by Daniel Miller, for whom the town was named.

The Millersburg Ferry and Millersburg Passenger Rail Station are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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Millersburg Ferry
The Millersburg Ferry, the last surviving ferry which crosses the Susquehanna River, and the last wooden-stern wheel ferry operating within the United States, operates out of Millersburg, which sits on the east side of the river. According to a sign posted at the ferry dock, a ferry has operated here since 1825.  The original ferries were poled across the river.  Paddle-wheel boats went into operation in 1873.

The current ferries are wooden-stern paddle-wheelers which can carry up to four automobiles.  The one-mile crossing goes to a point on the west side of the Susquehanna, in a campground near the point where Pennsylvania State Route 34 meets U.S. Route 11 & U.S. Route 15, and near Liverpool.  The ferry boats were officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

The river at this location is very wide (approximately 1 mile) but is typically very shallow, sometimes only two feet deep.  The ferry follows a course across the river near a submerged man-made wall composed of river rocks and debris which provides slightly deeper clearance and prevents the ferry from grounding-out.

Park Listings
Contact Millersburg Borough: (717) 692-2389

Myo Park
Lenkerville; 2 picnic pavilions; and Restrooms

River Front Park
River Street, Millersburg; Picnic tables; View of Susquehanna River; and View of Ferry Boat operations

Seal Park
North Street, Millersburg; Kid's play area; 3 picnic pavilions; and Restrooms

Wiconisco Creek Park
Route 209, Rife (East of Millersburg); Kid's play area; 1 picnic pavilion; Hiking trail; and Restrooms. Contact Dauphin County Park & Recreation Department: (717) 599-5188

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