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Upper Black Eddy in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Delaware Canal

1831-1932

— Delaware Canal Lock 20 State Park —

 
 
Delaware Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, October 18, 2019
1. Delaware Canal Marker
Inscription.  "Besides, I want to tell you there were pretty good times and many a heart broken and rough life on the canal."

Flora Henry, Locktender

Shouts of "Gid-Up” echo along the canal. Pairs of mules strain at their harnesses to get the canal boats moving. The sound of conch shell horns alert locktenders to approaching boats. It is 4 AM, still dark, yet the work day has already begun along the Delaware Canal.

The 60-mile-long canal was built to reliably transport anthracite coal from the mines of northeastern Pennsylvania to cities along the eastern seaboard. Opened in 1831, the canal had twenty-four locks (water elevators) that raised or lowered boats on their journeys between Easton and Bristol.

The canal shaped communities. Canal boat captains, muletenders, and locktenders made their living on the waterway. Neighboring businesses. provided the goods and services canal workers needed while traffic on the canal fueled local enterprise.

This side view of the Delaware Canal shows the locks that were used to raise and lower boats along the 165-foot elevation change

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between Easton and Bristol.

An empty boat, riding high in the water, heads north for payday and another load of coal. It is passing a heavy coal-laden boat heading south to market.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Canal (AKA Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1831.
 
Location. 40° 33.733′ N, 75° 9.817′ W. Marker is in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is on River Road (Pennsylvania Route 32), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Upper Black Eddy PA 18972, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cemented in the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Amsterdam Historic District (approx. 1.7 miles away in New Jersey); Canal Boats (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Delaware Canal (approx. 2.1 miles away); Mt. Joy (approx. 2.3 miles away in New Jersey); Volendam Windmill (approx. 2.3 miles away in New Jersey); Riegelsville Historic District (approx. 2.6 miles away in New Jersey); Riegelsville Roebling Bridge (approx. 2.7 miles away).

 
Delaware Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, October 18, 2019
2. Delaware Canal Marker
Delaware Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, October 18, 2019
3. Delaware Canal Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 30, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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