Frederick, Maryland: Jug Bridge Monument: Oldest in USA?

Historic jug-shaped stone marker built in 1809 inspired the name Jug Bridge.
East Patrick St., Frederick, MD
Take exit 56 off I-70, and head west on East Patrick Street. If you are exiting eastbound I-70, it will be on your right; if exiting westbound I-70, it will be on your left. At intersection of Bowmans Farm Road and Patrick St. There is a parking lot.
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Jug Bridge.

Jug Bridge Marker

Small parking lot provides safe, easy access. Location also has a plaque identifying the spot where in 1824, General Lafayette made an address to express his thanks to the delegation that came to escort him into the city of Frederick.

[Salty, 06/04/2017]

Jug shaped bridge marker.

Jug Bridge Marker

This National Road era jug-shaped monument, at one end of the bridge crossing the Monocacy River in Frederick, earned it the name "Jug Bridge." It was built in 1808 by Leonard Harbaugh for $55,000.

The monument resembles a demijohn, a popular 19th century whiskey decanter. Rumors persisted that a real whiskey jug was accidentally sealed inside the monument.

When the bridge collapsed in 1942, the stone jug monument was moved to its current location.

[Julie Mangin, 04/22/2012]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Trompe l'oeil Bridge MuralTrompe l'oeil Bridge Mural, Frederick, MD - 1 mi.
Roads and Rails MuseumRoads and Rails Museum, Frederick, MD - 1 mi.
National Museum of Civil War MedicineNational Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick, MD - 1 mi.
In the region:
Boy Scout Memorial - Sparingly Clad Chums, Washington, DC - 40 mi.

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