Near Summitville in Sullivan County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Canal & the Railroad
Delaware & Hudson Canal
The D&H Canal and the Ontario and Western Railroad coexisted for some time, as company managers, driven by a desire to get more coal to market quicker, began to acquire railroad lines farther to the west and north or to the outside of the D&H Canal corridor to supplement the work of the canal. Eventually, however, moving coal by railroad car proved to be much more effective. Trains moved faster than canal boats, carried bigger loads, were cheaper to operate, and hauled coal year-round, while ice and snow forced the canal to close for three months every year. The railroad, which initially fed the canal, gradually consumed it.
Erected by Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park.
Location. 41° 37.173′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Summitville NY 12781, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. O&W & Summitville Station (within shouting distance of this marker); History of the Canal (approx. 0.8 miles away); Towpath (approx. 0.9 miles away); Boothroyd House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Life on the Canal (approx. 0.9 miles away); Locks (approx. 0.9 miles away); Waste Weirs (approx. 0.9 miles away); Canal Basin & Sluiceway (approx. one mile away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Delaware & Hudson Canal
Also see . . . The O&W Rail Trail. The Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Canal carried coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania, to Kingston, New York, for the New York City and Albany markets from 1828 to 1898. The canal was shut down in favor of the New York, Ontario and Western Railway, more commonly known as the O&W (and nicknamed the Old and Weary), which was in use until the mid-20th century. A major carrier of anthracite coal, the O&W was also an important carrier (Submitted on November 24, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 38 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. submitted on November 24, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.