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Port Carbon in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Schuylkill Canal

 
 
Schuylkill Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By PaulwC3, August 3, 2013
1. Schuylkill Canal Marker
Inscription.  The 108-mile canal from Philadelphia linked this region's anthracite coal fields with industrial markets along the U.S. east coast. In 1828 the Schuylkill Navigation Company completed the canal to Port Carbon, which was its northern terminus until 1853.
 
Erected 1994 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1828.
 
Location. 40° 41.72′ N, 76° 9.989′ W. Marker is in Port Carbon, Pennsylvania, in Schuylkill County. Marker is at the intersection of Pike Street and Pine Street, on the right when traveling east on Pike Street. The marker is located in the Veterans Memorial Park next to the Janet Eich Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 Pike Street, Port Carbon PA 17965, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans of Port Carbon (a few steps from this marker); Firth Dock (1828-1871)
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); American House - C.F. Jackson (approx. 1.6 miles away); Architectural Elements of the Former J.G. Royal Building (approx. 1.7 miles away); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Partridge House (approx. 1.7 miles away); Pottsville Downtown Historic District (approx. 1.7 miles away); John Pott (approx. 1.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  History of the Schuylkill Navigation System. The system was most prosperous between 1835 and 1841 although its record tonnage, nearly two million tons, occurred in 1859. During the second half of the 19th century the rise of the railroad, floods, droughts, and a miners' strike contributed to the downfall of the system. (Submitted on September 11, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
Wide view of the Schuylkill Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By PaulwC3, August 3, 2013
2. Wide view of the Schuylkill Canal Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 713 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
 
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