Bristol in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1832 - 1931
“A quiet little village at the southern end of the canal suddenly awakened to find itself a teaming river port swarming with canal boats, boatmen, mules, and river and coastal boats of all sorts.”
Delaware Canal Journal
The Canal turned Bristol into a boomtown. The Canal Office that once stood approximately in the location of the brick pavers (on which this sign rests) took care of company business - primarily collecting freight charges. Stores provided food and supplies to the boatmen, and stables housed mules. Blacksmiths shoed the mules and tavern keepers helped the boatmen wash down the dust of the towpath. A Pinkerton detective described Canal Boat Captains as a “bad lot” who “would not hesitate long about throwing a man into the canal.”
Old photos indicate that the office and Tide Lock area was planted with shade trees, probably sycamores. The surrounding areas, the basins, pier and marsh, were void of any overhead tree canopy. Other outbuildings were located in the vicinity of the office and are visible in the aerial map. The brick pavers indicate the location where the Canal office once stood.
Erected by Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation
Location. 40° 5.631′ N, 74° 51.481′ 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 WSW 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. The Basin (here, next to this marker); The Tidal Lock (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 29, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Delaware Canal State Park Field Guide. (Submitted on May 29, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 664 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 29, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.