Near Phillipsport in Sullivan County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Demise of the Canal
Delaware & Hudson Canal
In 1899 the company drained most of the canal, opening all the weirs and locks and letting the water pour out from Ellenville to Honesdale. The waterway continued to do business on its lower 35-mile stretch, shipping Rosendale cement and other local products to the Hudson until about 1920, when this section too was closed.
The demise of the canal was a serious blow to most of the waterside
In some places the canal was converted into a road or filled in; in others, it became an empty ditch. For many decades it lay forgotten. However, in recent years, Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster counties in New York and Pike and Wayne Counties in Pennsylvania have preserved canal history in museums, historical societies, research libraries, and recreational trails. Today these counties and some towns are developing and maintaining recreational trails along the canal in an effort to link the D&H Canal.
In 1969, Sullivan County, recognizing the historical and recreational significance of the canal, purchased four acres of waterway and towpath and four locks. In 1986, Orange and Rockland Utilities donated more than forty-three acres for recreational development; and in 1990, Sullivan County opened a five-mile linear park in the town of Mamakating.
To date, the county has received over one million dollars in grants and has acquired eighty-three acres of parkland, five locks, and a dry dock. There are five miles of hiking trail on former canal towpath, interpretive sign displays, parking areas/trail
Erected by Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park.
Location. 41° 38.019′ N, 74° 27.106′ 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. Ending at Rondout (a few steps from this marker); Lock No. 50 (within shouting distance of this marker); Canal Basin & Sluiceway (within shouting distance of this marker); Dry Docks (within shouting distance of this marker); Locks (within shouting distance of this marker); Waste Weirs (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Life on the Canal (about 400 feet away); Boothroyd House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phillipsport.
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1. Delaware & Hudson Canal (National Park Service). Throughout the 19th century the D&H Canal expanded, struggled and transformed (Submitted on November 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park and Interpretive Center. This linear park consists of 45 acres and approximately 3½ miles of trail situated along the historic D&H Canal. Remains of the original locks, drydock & waste weirs are visible from the towpath trail. Interpretive signs are located in the park to assist the visitor identify the various canal structures. (Submitted on November 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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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 42 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. submitted on November 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.