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Near Lickdale in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Union Canal

 
 
Union Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
1. Union Canal Marker
Inscription. Following the Swatara Creek from Pine Grove to main line of the Canal at Water Works was a Feeder Branch. It was in use from 1832-1862. A portion of the Big Dam, a guard lock, and several lift locks remain on the other side of the Swatara.
 
Erected 1950 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Union Canal marker series.
 
Location. 40° 28.789′ N, 76° 31.932′ W. Marker is near Lickdale, Pennsylvania, in Lebanon County. Marker is on State Highway 72, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on the southern end of Swatara State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Jonestown PA 17038, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Swatara Gap (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sattazahn Lutheran Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fort Swatara (approx. 1.4 miles away); Union Forge (approx. 2.2 miles away); Transporation Corps Unit Training Center (approx. 3 miles away); OH-6A Cayuse (approx. 3.7 miles away); AH-1F Bell (approx. 3.7 miles away); UH-1 Iroquois (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lickdale.
 
Also see . . .
1. Union Canal
Union Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
2. Union Canal Marker
. The canal was expanded and enlarged while in operation. But floods and competition with the railroads eventually forced its closure in 1881. (Submitted on October 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Swatara Watershed Association. Website with additional information about sites and history of the creek and canal. (Submitted on October 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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Bridge over Swatara Creek and the Canal image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
3. Bridge over Swatara Creek and the Canal
The plate over the bridge reads:
1890, Built by The Berlin Iron Bridge Co., East Berlin, Conn., Douglas & Jarvis Pat. Ap'l 16, 1878 & Ap'l 17, 1885. A.P Foresman, Wm. S. Starr, T.J. Strebeigh, Commissioners.
Swatara Creek image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
4. Swatara Creek
Swatara Creek passes down from the gap by the same name through the Blue Mountain Range.
Lift Lock image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
5. Lift Lock
Traces of the lift lock can be seen through the dense underbrush on the east side of the creek.
Portions of the Old Canal Path image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
6. Portions of the Old Canal Path
Swatara Creek Water Trail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
7. Swatara Creek Water Trail
This section of the park is one of many stops in the water trail. The trail follows the course of the creek and canal from Pine Grove to Middletown, Pennsylvania.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,163 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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