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Plainville in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Farmington Canal 1828-1848

 
 
THE FARMINGTON CANAL 1828-1848 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, November 17, 2015
1. THE FARMINGTON CANAL 1828-1848 Marker
Inscription. The “Long Level” section was the single most important factor in growth of Great Plain area of Farmington into Plainville.

Present center developed around Bristol Basin. Whiting’s Basin lay west of Farmington Avenue with a dry dock halfway between.

Dug entirely by hand and horse. Canal was 36 feet wide, 4 feet deep, with 10-foot towpath.

Boats approximately 85 feet long pulled by horses or mules included the locally owned “Ceres” and “ H. M. Welch”; also the “James Hillhouse” and “Gold Hunter”.

Advent of railroads, geographical and financial problems contributed to early demise of waterway running from New Haven to Massachusetts
 
Erected 1971 by Connecticut Historic Commission and the Plainville Historical Society, Inc.
 
Location. 41° 39.683′ N, 72° 52.767′ W. Marker is in Plainville, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is on Norton Park Road 0.2 miles west of Route 177, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Norton Park Road is opposite 148 South Washington Street. Marker is in this post office area: Plainville CT 06062, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies.

The marker is located 100 feet off Norton Park Road next to the Farmington Canal. image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, November 17, 2015
2. The marker is located 100 feet off Norton Park Road next to the Farmington Canal.
Plainville World War I & II Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Plainville Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Plainville Persian Gulf War Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Plainville Korean War – Vietnam War Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Olde East Street Burying Grounds (approx. one mile away); Come Ye To The Waters (approx. 2.5 miles away); 1985 Bicentennial Time Capsule (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bristol Persian Gulf War Monument (approx. 2.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Plainville.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Farmington Canal. (Submitted on December 22, 2015, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. New England's Grand Ambition: The Farmington Canal. (Submitted on December 22, 2015, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
3. The Whitings basin and the Farmington Canal. (Submitted on December 29, 2015, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
A canal packet boat on Plainville’s Seal illustrates the importance of the Canal Era to its past. image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, November 17, 2015
3. A canal packet boat on Plainville’s Seal illustrates the importance of the Canal Era to its past.
The 36 foot wide Farmington Canal in Norton Park has tow paths on both sides due to the Great Plain image. Click for full size.
By Alan M. Perrie, November 17, 2015
4. The 36 foot wide Farmington Canal in Norton Park has tow paths on both sides due to the Great Plain
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 132 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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