Lackawaxen in Pike County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Conflicts with Timber Rafts
Beginning in the late 1700s, timber raftsmen used the Delaware River to float their logs to market. For more than a century, when the river was high--especially during the spring "freshet"--thousands of logs were rafted to Easton's sawmills and Philadelphia's shipyards. Note the size of the two workmen by the dam, and the raftsmen (photo above)
Because the slackwater dam diverted water into the canal, even after the aqueduct was built, the D&H Canal Company maintained this dam until 1898. (caption on upper right photo) When the D&H Canal was first built, mules and their drivers crossed the Delaware River on a rope ferry. Canal boats were poled or floated across the river, where mules were reattached.
To improve its operations the D&H Canal Company rerouted the
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 41° 28.949′ N, 74° 59.1′ W. Marker is in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, in Pike County. Marker can be reached from Delaware Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lackawaxen PA 18435, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Breaking the Ice (within shouting distance of this marker); Canal Era Landscape (within shouting distance of this marker); Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware & Hudson Canal (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line in New York); Roebling’s Cable (about 400 feet away in New York); Life Along the Canal (about 400 feet away in New York); Battle of Minisink (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct (about 500 feet away in New York). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lackawaxen.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2022, by Pete Skillman of Townsend, Delaware. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2022, by Pete Skillman of Townsend, Delaware. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.