A River Runs Through It

'Great wings were there'




*This poem is reprinted from "Journey to Red Hill" by Inez George Ridley, published by CRS OUTLOUDBOOKS.

Since the last week of February, turkey vultures have been soaring above the Delaware River at Narrowsburg, especially at dusk. But a careful look reveals that now, increasing numbers of the big birds we see are eagles.

Convoy on River Road — March 6

Never, on River Road in Damascus Township, have I witnessed a convoy of men and trucks such as the one in my picture.

Not in 35 years of storms, power failures, and a tornado touching down.

This sunny Tuesday, (3/6), with a “Flagger Force” to regulate traffic, the men fanned out until late afternoon.

Milanville Bridge, December 2016

Daniel Skinner, in 1763, steered a raft of white pine logs through this river channel to Philadelphia ship yards - creating a Milanville timber industry that lasted until WWI.

Late in the 19th century, great grandson Milton won legal and political skirmishes to charter the Milanville Bridge Company -  which hired contractors who opened our bridge in 1901. 

Cushetunk - February 2018

This Milanville bottomland abutting the Delaware River also border Calkins Creek, just south (right) of here. Cultivated as meadow and farmland for generations, it brings to mind Connecticut  families who  trekked here in the 1750s and named it “Cushetunk.”

Ice jam at Calkins Creek


January 30, 2018. Following an inch of rain at historic Calkins Creek, near Milanville, ice was gouged and spun away last week - and stacked into “jams,” as in my 1/27 photograph.
Sealed into each icy block are “timeless” raindrops – which carved the original Upper Delaware Valley, and created glaciers when mammoths roamed its parts.


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