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South Bound Brook in Somerset County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park

 
 
Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 17, 2008
1. Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Marker
Inscription.
Historical Significance
Dug by hand, mostly be Irish immigrants, the 66 mile D & R Canal was completed in 1834. 75 feet wide and 8 feet deep, the canal originally had 14 locks to raise and lower boat traffic.

The D & R Canal operated as an inland waterway between the Delaware and Raritan rivers, primarily transporting Pennsylvania coal to New York via mule drawn canalboats. The busiest years of the D & R Canal were in the decade following the Civil War, when it proved itself to be one of America’s most important canals.

By 1843 mules were supplemented by steam powered boats. The D & R Canal was used by a great variety of commercial, pleasure and naval vessels. Many locks, spillways, tender’s houses, and other nineteenth century structures remain intact and in use. The entire D & R Canal is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Corridor of Conservation and Recreation
Along its route of scenic beauty, the canal offers varied recreation and provides a natural habitat for plants and wildlife. Visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural world while canoeing, fishing, cycling, walking or horseback riding.

Water Resource
After 1932 the D & R Canal no longer provided a through route for vessels. Instead, the water itself became a resource which is of increasing
Marker in Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 17, 2008
2. Marker in Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park
importance to much of central New Jersey.


 
Erected by NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection.
 
Location. 40° 33.517′ N, 74° 31.839′ W. Marker is in South Bound Brook, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker is on Canal Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in the parking lot of the D&R Canal State Park. Marker is in this post office area: South Bound Brook NJ 08880, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Locks on the D&R Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Bound Brook (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Queen’s Bridge (about 800 feet away); Van Horn Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Frelinghuysen Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Bound Brook (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Stone Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bound Brook Library World War I Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in South Bound Brook.
 
More about this marker. The bottom right of the marker contains a photograph of “The South Bound Brook lock and locktender’s house. At each lock and bridge the canal company built a modest house for the locktenders and bridgetenders.” The center
Lock on the Delaware & Raritan Canal image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 17, 2008
3. Lock on the Delaware & Raritan Canal
The different water levels can be seen in this photo of the South Bound Brook lock.
of the marker contains a map of New Jersey, indicating the location of the remains of the D & R Canal.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers related to the Delaware and Raritan Canal.
 
Also see . . .  Delaware & Raritan Canal History. Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park website. (Submitted on January 27, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Canalwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 17, 2008
4. Canalwalk
This walkway, seen at the right of the photo, was once traveled by mules pulling canalboats through the Delaware & Raritan Canal. Today is serves as a trail for walking, biking or horseback riding.
Delaware & Raritan Canal South Bound Brook image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 17, 2008
5. Delaware & Raritan Canal South Bound Brook
This marker is located next to the above marker (see photo 2).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,086 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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