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Near Pottsville in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Firth Dock (1828-1871)

 
 
Firth Dock (1828-1871) Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 3, 2013
1. Firth Dock (1828-1871) Marker
Inscription. This anthracite coal transportation facility helped fuel America's Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. It was vital to the shipment of up to one-half million tons of coal annually along the Schuylkill Canal to Philadelphia and throughout the region. Also known as Palo Alto Loading Dock, it was built by the Schuylkill Navigation Company on land held by stockholder and Philadelphia merchant Thomas Firth.
 
Erected 1999 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 41.438′ N, 76° 10.252′ W. Marker is near Pottsville, Pennsylvania, in Schuylkill County. Marker is on Weigland Boulevard (U.S. 209) 0.8 miles north of Anderson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pottsville PA 17901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans of Port Carbon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Schuylkill Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pottsville Maroons (approx. 1.4 miles away); Schuylkill County (approx. 1.4 miles away); Molly Maguire Executions (approx. 1.5 miles away); Yuengling -America's Oldest Brewery
Wide view of the Firth Dock (1828-1871) Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 3, 2013
2. Wide view of the Firth Dock (1828-1871) Marker
(approx. 1.5 miles away); John O'Hara (approx. 1.6 miles away); Burd Patterson (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pottsville.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Schuylkill Navigation System. The system was most prosperous between 1835 and 1841 although its record tonnage, nearly two million tons, occurred in 1859. During the second half of the 19th century the rise of the railroad, floods, droughts, and a miners' strike contributed to the downfall of the system. (Submitted on September 14, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the ruins of the canal and Firth Dock at the northern terminus of the canal • Can you help?
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