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High Falls in Ulster County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Delaware & Hudson Canal

 
 
The Delaware & Hudson Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, April 4, 2020
1. The Delaware & Hudson Canal Marker
Inscription.  
In 1824 two Philadelphia merchants, Maurice and Wilbur Wurts, proposed a canal to transport coal from mines in northwest Pennsylvania to New York City via the Hudson River. The canal opened in 1828 at a cost of over one million dollars and was 108 miles long with 108 locks. It was 4 feet deep and 28 feet wide at the water line and could carry boats of 20 ton capacity. The first locks and the double-arch aqueduct were 9½ feet wide and made of stone; the rest of the canal was a clay-lined ditch, which was enlarged in 1847 to a depth of 52 feet and in 1848 to 6 feet.

The last improvement required widening the locks to 15 feet to accommodate the larger boats and replacing the stone aqueduct with the cable suspension aqueduct designed by John A. Roebling. This 1849 expansion also necessitated extensive changes in the routing of the canal.

The canal was a profitable venture for many years, but the increasing development of the railroads caused the D & H Canal Company to cease its operation in 1899. It was sold to Mr. S. D. Coykendall for $10,000 and continued to operate for five years carrying cement and bluestone to
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1824.
 
Location. 41° 49.732′ N, 74° 7.851′ W. Marker is in High Falls, New York, in Ulster County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street (New York State Route 213) and Berme Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: High Falls NY 12440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Aqueducts (here, next to this marker); Hydroelectric Power (within shouting distance of this marker); Geology of High Falls (within shouting distance of this marker); Water-Powered Mills (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The High Falls Historic Site (about 300 feet away); Clove Reformed Church (about 700 feet away); Roebling Aqueduct Abutment Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Depuy House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in High Falls.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on the trail along Rondout Creek behind the CH G&E substation.
 
The Delaware & Hudson Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel
2. The Delaware & Hudson Canal Marker
Rondout Creek is in the background. The old canal is located to the right of the photo
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 8, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 18, 2024