Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania

Peach Bottom is an unincorporated village in Fulton Township, Lancaster County, in the state of Pennsylvania in the United States. It lies on the east bank of the Susquehanna River.[2][3]

Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania
Unincorporated community
Peach Bottom is located in Pennsylvania
Peach Bottom
Peach Bottom
Coordinates: 39°45′03″N 76°13′33″W / 39.75083°N 76.22583°W / 39.75083; -76.22583Coordinates: 39°45′03″N 76°13′33″W / 39.75083°N 76.22583°W / 39.75083; -76.22583
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyLancaster
TownshipFulton
Elevation
141 ft (43 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
17563
Area code(s)717
GNIS feature ID1183417[1]

The original town of Peach Bottom was located across the river in York County. With the construction of the Columbia and Port Deposit Railroad up the east side of the Susquehanna (1866-1868), a station was built on the Lancaster County side, near the mouth of Peters Creek, from which Peach Bottom could be reached by ferry. This was known as Peach Bottom Station.

The Peach Bottom Railway had terminals at both Peach Bottom and Peach Bottom Station; a planned bridge to connect them was never built. The line on the east side became the Lancaster, Oxford and Southern Railroad and on the west side, the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad.

When the Conowingo Dam was built (1926-1928), the Columbia and Port Deposit was relocated higher up the hillside, and both Peach Bottom and Peach Bottom Station were submerged. The present village was built a short distance southeast of the site of Peach Bottom Station.

The post office for the area (ZIP code 17563) is named "Peach Bottom" but is located on Pennsylvania Route 272 just north of Wakefield.

The Peach Bottom Nuclear Generating Station lies across the river, on the site of the original town. In 2016, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) estimated that a major fire at the spent fuel pool at the Peach Bottom Nuclear Generating Station would displace an estimated 3.46 million people from 31,000 square kilometers of contaminated land, while a study conducted at Princeton University suggested that the number of displaced people could go as high as 18.1 million people.[4][5] An earlier study from 1975 assessed the nuclear station's ecological impact on fish fauna along the Susquehanna River.[6]

Notable residentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Peach Bottom". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ McClure, Jim. "The origin of 'Peach Bottom' is unknown, but its name is everywhere in southeastern York County". York Daily Record. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  3. ^ Wilson, Roger B.; Robinson, Donald C.; Morris, James L.; Glenn, David B. (2003). The River and the Ridge: 300 Years of Local History. Delta, PA: Old Line Museum. ASIN B000EABXDY.
  4. ^ Stone, Richard (23 May 2016). "Spent fuel fire on U.S. soil could dwarf impact of Fukushima". Science | AAAS. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  5. ^ Bergmann, Pamela A.; Pijawka, K. David (1981). "The Socioeconomic Impacts of Nuclear Generating Stations: An Analysis of the Rancho Seco and Peach Bottom Facilities". GeoJournal: 5–15. doi:10.2307/45185165. ISSN 0343-2521.
  6. ^ DENONCOURT, ROBERT F.; ROBBINS, TIMOTHY W.; HESSER, ROBERT (1975). "RECENT INTRODUCTIONS AND REINTRODUCTIONS TO THE PENNSYLVANIA FISH FAUNA OF THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER DRAINAGE ABOVE CONOWINGO DAM". Proceedings of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. 49 (1): 57–58. ISSN 0096-9222.
  7. ^ Stauffer, Cindy (2015-05-23). "Barefoot running guru launches new book at Lancaster fundraiser with parkour, knife throwing". LNP. Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  8. ^ Rutter, Jon (2015-04-08). "Natural Born Heroes' finds barefoot runner authoring World War II adventure". LNP. Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  9. ^ Leighton, Kelly (2015-04-06). "Running guru Chris McDougall to kick off book tour in Lancaster". Pennlive.com. Retrieved 2016-10-18.