Bristol in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1832 - 1931
[parts of quote illegible] “T___ ___ seemed to be a solid mass of boats.”
The five acre Bristol Basin provided a place to wait. Located between Lock No. 1 and the Tidal Lock, the Basin stored boats waiting to continue on to Philadelphia and New York City as well as others waiting to be unloaded and then reloaded for a return trip up the Canal. Coal and lumber yards developed near the top end of the Basin so that loads could be transported to local suppliers. Abandoned Canal boats still wait in the Basin, covered since 1931 by a parking lot built on dredged material from the Delaware River.
Workmen created the Basin out of a natural wetland that was once part of Bristol Marsh. A portion of the Marsh still exists and is preserved by the Nature Conservancy. The former Basin is now a municipal parking lot and its edge is outlined with blue bollards.
Erected by Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.
Location. 40° 5.631′ N, 74° 51.481′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Tidal Lock (here, next to this marker); Canal Office (here, next to this marker); The Ring (within shouting distance of this marker); Harriet Ross Tubman (within shouting distance of this marker); Replica of the Spanish Garitas (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbus 500 Celebration (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lock No. 2 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (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 28, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Delaware Canal State Park Field Guide. (Submitted on May 28, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 28, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 505 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 28, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.