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Susquehanna River

Susquehanna River (originally "Sasquesahanough" according to the 1612 John Smith map) is a river located in the northeastern United States. At approximately 444 miles long, it is the longest river on the American east coast and the 16th longest in the United States.

What do you know about the Susquehanna River? Explore the Quick US Geography Rivers and Streams Quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. The source of the Susquehanna River is Otsego Lake location Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York. What is the elevation?

  • 1,180 feet
  • 2,180 feet
  • 3,180 feet

2. The river drains 27,500 square miles, covering nearly half of the land area of Pennsylvania and portions of New York and Maryland.

  • True or False?

3. Where does the Juniata River flow into the Susquehanna River?

  • Duncannon
  • Harrisburg
  • Millersburg

4. Geologically, the river is extremely ancient, often regarded as the oldest or second oldest major system in the world.

  • True or False?

5. Before European conquest, the Susquehannock, an Iroquoian tribe lived along the river and gave the Susquehanna its name. In the 17th century, it was inhabited largely by the Lenape, forming roughly the western boundary of their inhabited territory, known as Lenapehoking.

  • True or False?

6. In the late colonial times, the river became an increasingly important transportation corridor with the discovery of coal by Necho Allen in its upper reaches in the mountains. What coal was discovered?

  • Anthracite
  • Bituminous
  • Marginous

7. Starting in 1874, who did rowers from Shamokin Dam race men from?

  • Sunbury
  • Millersburg
  • Altoona

8. The Port Deposit Bridge (also known as the Susquehanna River Bridge or Rock Run Toll Bridge) was the earliest bridge crossing of the Susquehanna River below Columbia, Pennsylvania, providing the first reliable link between the northern and southern United States. The bridge was also the fifth and last of Theodore Burr's Susquehanna crossings. The wooden covered bridge was constructed just north of Port Deposit, Maryland, between 1817 and 1818. It was built and operated by the Susquehanna Bridge and Bank Company. When did the bridge last until?

  • 1857
  • 1864
  • 1905

9. Perhaps the most famous of the bridges, the Rockville Bridge, crosses the river from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to Marysville, Pennsylvania. The Rockville Bridge, when constructed, was the longest stone masonry arch bridge in the world. It was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in the early 1900s, replacing an earlier iron bridge.

  • True or False?

10. Where is the last ferry boat on the Susquehanna River?

  • Doylestown
  • Duncannon
  • Millersburg

11. The mouth of the Susquehanna River is the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Harford County, Maryland. What is the elevation?

  • -5 feet
  • 0 feet
  • 5 feet

Susquehanna River (Answers)

  1. 1,180 feet
  2. True
  3. Duncannon
  4. True
  5. True
  6. Anthracite
  7. Sunbury
  8. 1857
  9. True
  10. Millersburg
  11. 0 feet

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