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Derry Township near Hershey in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Union Canal

 
 
Union Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
1. Union Canal Marker
Inscription.  At Union Deposit, just to the north, can be seen the remains of the canal. It united the Susquehanna at Middletown with the Schuylkill at Reading. Suggested by William Penn, the canal was surveyed 1762, in use by 1828, abandoned in 1885.
 
Erected 1947 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and the Union Canal series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1762.
 
Location. 40° 17.144′ N, 76° 40.7′ W. Marker is near Hershey, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. It is in Derry Township. Marker is on Hanover Street, 0.1 miles north of Hershey Park Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 950 Hersheypark Dr, Hershey PA 17033, 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 Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Milton S. Hershey (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wilt Chamberlain's Scoring Record
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(approx. 1.2 miles away); Harry Erdman (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Boy with the Leaking Boot (approx. 1.4 miles away); Candy Cart (approx. 1.4 miles away); The M.S. Hershey Rose (approx. 1˝ miles away); Original Hershey Rose Garden (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hershey.
 
Swatara Creek image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
2. Swatara Creek
The canal paralleled this creek.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,418 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 16, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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