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Leechburg in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pennsylvania Canal

(Western Division)

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, March 10, 2018
1. Pennsylvania Canal Marker
Inscription.  A state-owned canal system, built 1826-34, to connect Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Erie. This 104-mile division ran from Johnstown to Pittsburgh and was part of the canal’s mainline. In 1827, Dam #1 was constructed at Leechburg, and it supplied the remainder of the route to Pittsburgh with water and 7 miles of slack water navigation to Apollo, Pa. The dam remained in operation until 1865 and washed away in the Johnstown Flood of 1889.
 
Erected 2017 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1827.
 
Location. 40° 37.667′ N, 79° 35.892′ W. Marker is in Leechburg, Pennsylvania, in Armstrong County. Marker is on Market Street (Pennsylvania Route 66), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located park at the end of Canal Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leechburg PA 15656, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as
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By Mike Wintermantel, March 10, 2018
2. Pennsylvania Canal Marker
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the crow flies. D. Leech & Company / Western Transportation Company (approx. half a mile away); The Siberian Iron Works (approx. 0.6 miles away); Vandergrift (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Vandergrift (approx. 2.4 miles away); St Gertrude Roman Catholic Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Nellie Bly (approx. 3.4 miles away); Freeport (approx. 5.4 miles away); Freeport Veterans Memorial (approx. 5˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leechburg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 10, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 193 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 10, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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