The CCA Canton History Project, led by Dr. Raymond Bahr, strives to illustrate the rich history of Canton. An important aspect of this project is to place Historic Interpretive Marker Signs in strategic places around in the neighborhood. Two such markers were placed by the previous Canton Improvement Association (CIA) at the Canton Library and in O’Donnell Square.
Recently, two new markers have been installed. One marker is located in the Canton Waterfront Park at the site of the Railroad Transfer Bridge. We were able to do so through the generous sponsorship of Howard Bank. Thank you, Barry Cronin, for helping to bring this project to fruition. Visitors will no longer have to ask the question ”What is that structure in the water off the park?”.
The second marker installed in Circle Park, across from St. Casimir’s Catholic Church, explains the significance of Harris Creek and why the Creek is no longer visible. This installation was made possible through the generous sponsorship of Safeway via Beth Goldberg, and Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) via Dean Lopez. Without this sponsorship, we would not have been able to proudly share that Harris Creek was the site of the First Navy Yard in the United States that launched the Frigate Constellation in 1797.
Thank you, sponsors, for your generous donations. Thank you, Dr. Bahr, for generously giving of your time to spearhead this project. If you would like to learn more about the ongoing marker program or sponsor a sign, email Dr. Bahr at RDB60@aol.com. Also, watch for details to follow on an event celebrating the markers on the CCA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CantonCommunityAssociation/