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Lackawaxen in Pike County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct

 
 
Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 29, 2018
1. Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct Marker
Inscription.  

Imagine boats traveling above the river here. After 1848, 50-ton canal boats crossed over the Delaware River at this site. Chief canal engineer Russel F. Lord and civil engineer John A. Roebling designed and built this suspension aqueduct — now a vehicular bridge — to link the Pennsylvania and New York segments of the Delaware & Hudson Canal.

The aqueduct alleviated a 20-year bottleneck on the Delaware River at Lackawaxen. Transporting boats above the river reduced the time required to cross the Delaware, making the D&H Canal more competitive with its rivals: the railroads and other canals.

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The cross section (below) shows a canal boat in the aqueduct. Pulling boats through six feet of water, the mules — and their drivers — crossed the river on elevated towpaths.

This late-19th-century photograph shows the Delaware Aqueduct with the Delaware House in the background.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce

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Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1848.
 
Location. 41° 28.915′ N, 74° 59.12′ W. Marker is in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, in Pike County. Marker is on Delaware Drive east of Scenic Drive, on the right when traveling east. Marker is at the Roebling Aqueduct Overlook, just east of the parking area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lackawaxen PA 18435, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canal Era Landscape (within shouting distance of this marker); Breaking the Ice (within shouting distance of this marker); Conflicts with Timber Rafts (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Minisink (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roebling’s Cable (about 600 feet away in New York); Delaware & Hudson Canal (about 600 feet away in New York); Life Along the Canal (about 600 feet away in New York); a different marker also named Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct (about 700 feet away in New York). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lackawaxen.
 
Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 29, 2018
2. Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct and Marker
Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct (now Bridge) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 29, 2018
3. Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct (now Bridge)
Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 29, 2018
4. Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct
Looking toward New Jersey
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 303 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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