Bristol in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1831 - 1932
“This day [June 11] the first clearance on the Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal was issued from his office to the Mauch Chunk Canal Boat No. 30, Capt. William C. Zanes, bound to Bristol with 30 tons of coal.”
The Whig, Easton, Pennsylvania
June 12, 1832
A Century of Cargo
When Canal Boat No. 30 left Easton, it began nearly a century of traffic along the 60 mile Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal. From the 1830s to 1931, boats loaded with thousands of tons of coal, lumber, grain, limestone, and other cargo floated through the Canal and the Locks, bypassing the Delaware River's shallow waters and dangerous rapids.
The Canal ended in Bristol where the river deepened. Cargoes continued on to the markets and factories of Philadelphia and New York City, sometimes in flotillas of Canal boats, or in barges loaded by derricks like the one that stood on this spot. All that remains of the derrick is the foundation which can be seen circling the outside of the tile map.
The date of the derrick's construction is unknown; however, photos indicate that it was late in the commercial life of the Canal. The approximate location of the Canal where it entered the Delaware River is edged and filled with spring flowers
Location. 40° 5.602′ N, 74° 51.447′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Touch for map. Marker is located in Basin Park, near the confluence of Otter Creek and the Delaware River, about 500 feet SW of the intersection of Mill and Radcliffe Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol PA 19007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harriet Ross Tubman (a few steps from this marker); Replica of the Spanish Garitas (within shouting distance of this marker); The Basin (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tidal Lock (within shouting distance of this marker); Canal Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbus 500 Celebration (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lock No. 2 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Marker 19T (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
Also see . . .
1. History of Bristol Borough. (Submitted on May 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Delaware Canal State Park Field Guide. (Submitted on May 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 802 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.