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Port Carbon in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Schuylkill Canal

 
 
Schuylkill Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 3, 2013
1. Schuylkill Canal Marker
Inscription. The 108-mile canal from Philadelphia linked this region's anthracite coal fields with industrial markets along the U.S. east coast. In 1828 the Schuylkill Navigation Company completed the canal to Port Carbon, which was its northern terminus until 1853.
 
Erected 1994 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 41.72′ N, 76° 9.989′ W. Marker is in Port Carbon, Pennsylvania, in Schuylkill County. Marker is at the intersection of Pike Street and Pine Street, on the right when traveling east on Pike Street. Click for map. The marker is located in the Veterans Memorial Park next to the Janet Eich Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 Pike Street, Port Carbon PA 17965, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans of Port Carbon (a few steps from this marker); Firth Dock (1828-1871) (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pottsville Maroons (approx. 1.7 miles away); Schuylkill County (approx. 1.7 miles away); Molly Maguire Executions (approx. 1.8 miles away); Yuengling -America's Oldest Brewery (approx. 1.9 miles away); John O'Hara (approx. 1.9 miles away); Burd Patterson (approx. 2 miles away).
 
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Wide view of the Schuylkill Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 3, 2013
2. Wide view of the Schuylkill Canal Marker
 History of the Schuylkill Navigation System. The system was most prosperous between 1835 and 1841 although its record tonnage, nearly two million tons, occurred in 1859. During the second half of the 19th century the rise of the railroad, floods, droughts, and a miners' strike contributed to the downfall of the system. (Submitted on September 11, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the ruins of at the northern terminus of the canal • Can you help?
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