Gleason's Pictorial—Boston, Saturday, June 4, 1853

Below we present a fine engraving of the railroad bridge over the Susquehanna, near Harrisburg, Pa., with the fine scenery which surrounds the locality. This immediate vicinity affords some delightfully-attractive points to the artist, and the entire aspect of the neighborhood is wild and picturesque in its character. The bridge, which is a most notable and beautiful structure, spans the river about six miles above Harrisburg. a This section of the Susquehanna is said to rival the Hudson in its scenic beauty. The Susquehanna here loses its way through a range of abrupt mountains, which constitute the western termination of the great anthracite coal region found in Schuylkill county.

The scenery about this spot has all the softness of a splendid agricultural valley, teeming with spirited little villages, and imposing farm-houses, agreeably contrasting with the soft green aspect of bold and lofty mountain ranges, through which the river tamely and serenely winds its peaceful way, like a silver thread. It is astonishing what levellers of romance railroads are. These quiet and beautiful sections of country, where one was wont to give his horse the reins, and, while the animal walked leisurely forward, would find time to analyze the beauties of the scenery, to scan the mountain and the valley, the river and the wood, are now so swiftly passed by in the cars, as to present a sort of panorama upon canvass, hurried before the eyes of an audience by the boy behind the scene, who turns the crank for twenty-five cents a night! Ah! give us the good old days of travelling by horse power. Steam and romance are sadly at variance; and the idea that they can ever assimilate is as apocryphal as that the lion and the lamb will lie down together. But, be this as it may, we give our readers a fine and accurate picture of this bit of American scenery, and know they will be pleased with it. One has not to go abroad to delight the eye with some of the finest scenery in the world; our own favored land is blessed as freely in beautiful aspects of nature as in her liberal bounty and fertility, and on a scale of grandeur and sublimity which are acknowledged by travellers to be unequalled in any other part of the world.

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