Bristol in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In the Middle
The spot where Lock 2 once stood is located in front of this sign. It is outlined with concrete. By the lock were a locktender's house and shanty, as well as a blacksmith shop and mule barn.
The Delaware Canal not only served as a route for cargo-laden boats, but it also provided water for other businesses. North of Lock 2 was an offshoot of the Canal, called Malone's Gut, which gave direct access to adjacent industrial yards.
Two years after the Delaware Canal opened in 1832, the Philadelphia and Trenton Railroad Company opened an 8-mile section between Bristol and Morrisville. The line crossed over the Canal at Mill Street. It grew to be the main line from Philadelphia to New York and was acquired by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company in 1871. This street level line was eventually abandoned after a new four lane, elevated track was built in 1910. Today, Spurline Park, a pedestrian trail follows the route of the original railroad line.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Canal (AKA Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal), and the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1832.
Location. 40° 5.849′ N, 74° 51.57′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is on Old U.S. 13 west of Market Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 507 Bath St, Bristol PA 19007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. S/Sgt. James B. Boyle (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lock 3 (about 700 feet away); The Bend before the End (about 700 feet away); The Firehouse (about 700 feet away); Lock 1 (about 800 feet away); The Locktender's House at Lock 1 (about 800 feet away); Abraham Lincoln (about 800 feet away); Marsh Ecology in an Urban Setting (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.