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

Lock No. 50

Delaware & Hudson Canal

 
 
Lock No. 50 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
1. Lock No. 50 Marker
Inscription.  This is Lock No. 50, operated by P.O. Callahan, one of ninety-five wood-lined units on the 108-mile-long canal; the remaining thirteen locks were lined with local stone hand-cut to fit the chambers.

The P.O. Callahan lock marked the end of the seventeen-mile "Summit Level” section, which required no locks, and also marked the beginning of the canal's gradual descent to Rondout and the Hudson River. Starting here, the locks progressed through Phillipsport like steps down to the Hudson. This lock is the first of ten Phillipsport locks set in a two-mile stretch of the canal. Because locking through this section took three hours crew members and family members would leave the boat and shop while the husband or owner stayed with the boat. As a result, Phillipsport became a busy center of commerce.

Like this one, most of the locks were known by number and by the name of the operator; but Lock No. 51, the "Pie Lock," was named for the bread and delicious little pies that were baked and sold by the locktender's wife in the locktender's store. On occasion the pies were handed out as treats to children who came by on the boats.
Marker detail: At Rose's Basin, workmen stack lumber in this c. 1880's photograph image. Click for full size.
Collection of the Minisink Valley Historical Society
2. Marker detail: At Rose's Basin, workmen stack lumber in this c. 1880's photograph
Clear-cutting of the surrounding hills was a result of the demand for easily available lumber.

 
Erected by Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park.
 
Location. 41° 38.001′ N, 74° 27.118′ W. Marker is near Phillipsport, New York, in Sullivan County. Marker can be reached from Bova Road 0.1 miles west of U.S. 209, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located along the canal trail at the Bova Road Interpretive Center of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Phillipsport NY 12769, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canal Basin & Sluiceway (a few steps from this marker); Ending at Rondout (a few steps from this marker); Demise of the Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Locks (within shouting distance of this marker); Waste Weirs (within shouting distance of this marker); Dry Docks (within shouting distance of this marker); Life on the Canal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boothroyd House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phillipsport.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Delaware & Hudson Canal
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Marker detail: “<i>Elevation profile of the canal from The Delaware and Hudson Canal, A History</i>” image. Click for full size.
by E.D. LeRoy, courtesy Wayne County Historical Society
3. Marker detail: “Elevation profile of the canal from The Delaware and Hudson Canal, A History
Marker detail: Lock No. 51 was operated by Abe Hoag image. Click for full size.
Collection of the Minisink Valley Historical Society
4. Marker detail: Lock No. 51 was operated by Abe Hoag
Boat exiting the lock is D&H repair boat that patrolled the canal.
Marker detail: Lock No. 51, the "Pie Lock" image. Click for full size.
Collection of the Minisink Valley Historical Society
5. Marker detail: Lock No. 51, the "Pie Lock"
This c.1890 scene of Lock No. 51, the "Pie Lock", shows the lock tender looking down into the lower gate end as a canal boatman traverses the lock.
Marker detail: Permit for Boat “Red Bird House,”<br>issued by the D&H Canal image. Click for full size.
Collection of the Minisink Valley Historical Society
6. Marker detail: Permit for Boat “Red Bird House,”
issued by the D&H Canal
Lock No. 50 Marker • <i>wide view<br>(lock no. 50 ruins in background)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
7. Lock No. 50 Marker • wide view
(lock no. 50 ruins in background)
Lock No. 50 Ruins (<i>marker visible near upper right corner</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
8. Lock No. 50 Ruins (marker visible near upper right corner)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 21, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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