Saint Georges, Delaware

Saint Georges is an unincorporated town situated on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in New Castle County, Delaware, about midway between the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay.

The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge (Delaware Route 1) passes just west of town. It is the only cable-stayed bridge in the Delaware Valley and one of the first in the nation. It opened in 1995 as a replacement to the still standing St. Georges Bridge, which carries U.S. Highway 13 over the town of Saint Georges and the Canal. The St. Georges Bridge is in turn a replacement for a former lift bridge that sat in the middle of town. That bridge was knocked down in November 1939 when the German freighter "Waukegan" lost power and hit the south tower of the bridge causing it to collapse. Two people died that evening, the bridge tender and a sailor that was on the bridge of the ship at the time of the accident. One other bridge spanned the C & D Canal before the lift bridge. It was a small pedestrian swing bridge that crossed over the former Saint Georges Locks. It was destroyed when the locks were dismantled during the first widening and deepening (to sea level) of the canal.

Its ZIP Code is 19733.


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