Breaking the Ice
Look down at the massive icebreakers protecting the aqueduct's piers. John Roebling designed these plow-like structures to break up ice and deflect debris that flows down the Delaware. In some winters, ice may build up to six feet thick.
This photograph, taken about 1910 when the towpaths were sawn off, shows the pointed masonry piers without their canal-era wooden coverings. The National Park Service had the icebreakers and elevated towpaths rebuilt in the 1980s and '90s as part of a major effort to rehabilitate this structure.
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Large blocks of ice and floating debris, which scour trees and rock ledges along the riverbanks, also chip away at the wooden icebreakers. Look for the high water marks and signs of recent damage.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 28.941′ N, 74° 59.125′ W. Marker is in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, in Pike County. Marker is on Delaware Drive east of Lackawaxen Road, on the left when traveling east. Marker is near the west approach
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Minisink (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Delaware & Hudson Canal (about 500 feet away in New York); Roebling’s Cable (about 500 feet away in New York); Life Along the Canal (about 600 feet away in New York); a different marker also named Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct (about 600 feet away in New York); Bridge (about 700 feet away in New York); a different marker also named Battle of Minisink (about 700 feet away in New York). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lackawaxen.
Also see . . . Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct. (Submitted on August 9, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 9, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.