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Minisink in Sullivan County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Life Along the Canal

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

 
 
Life Along the Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2009
1. Life Along the Canal Marker
Inscription. The building and operation of the 108-mile Delaware & Hudson Canal provided a multitude of jobs not only for Dutch and English settlers but for Irish and German immigrants. The area hummed with activity. Laborers dug the canal with picks and shovels, blasted rock with black powder, and cut and laid stone for locks and walls. Others tended locks, kept canal records, and cared for mules. Boatyards, blacksmith shops, gristmills, taverns, inns, and all kinds of stores soon appeared along the canal.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 28.974′ N, 74° 59.011′ W. Marker is in Minisink, New York, in Sullivan County. Marker is on New York State Route 97 near Minisink Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eldred NY 12732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roebling’s Cable (a few steps from this marker); Delaware & Hudson Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Minisink
Life Along the Canal Marker (Left) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2009
2. Life Along the Canal Marker (Left)
This photo looks west, in the direction of Lackawaxen, Pa.
(within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Minisink (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Minisink (approx. 0.2 miles away in Pennsylvania); Zane Grey (approx. ¼ mile away in Pennsylvania). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Minisink.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is an old photograph of a view of Lackawaxen, Pa. from Lock 72. It has a caption of “Boatmen, often joined by wives and children, worked 15 or more hours a day. Besides coal, they transported bluestone, lumber, and other local products to and from the Hudson.” There is an inset photo at the top right of the marker with a caption of “Seaside Supply Store, in Wurtsboro, New York, was typical of many multi-purpose houses built along the D&H Canal.”
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers found at the Delaware Aqueduct Nation Park Service Unit.
 
Also see . . .  Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct. National Park Service website. (Submitted on July 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Markers on the Delaware River image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2009
3. Markers on the Delaware River
Several markers are found at this location. The Life Alongthe Canal Marker can be seen in the center of the photo.
 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Delaware Aqueduct image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2009
4. Delaware Aqueduct
This aqueduct on the Delaware River was built by John A. Roebling, who also built the Brooklyn Bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 705 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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