Lock No. 2
Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company
Canal boats continued to pass through Bristol for years after the Pennsylvania Railroad built a line nearby. Progress, in the form of the Railroad undermined the business of the Canal and led to the eventual demolition of its channel, lock, locktenders house, and lock shanty, as well as a blacksmith shop and stables that stood nearby.
In front of this sign was Lock No. 2 of the Canal. The lock was outlined with edging and planted with flowers. A pathway is located where the earthen towpath used to be. On the other side of the lock was the Lock Shanty and Locktender’s House. It appears that a separate parcel for the House was never purchased by Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, and so is not a part of the present state-owned Canal Park. Old photos indicated a fence along the Canal property in this area. A new fence, similar to the one formerly in place at Lock No. 2, screens views to the parking lot.
The Railroad itself faced hard times in the 20th century. The track bed located behind you near Pond Street, is now the Bristol Spurline Bike Trail.
Location. 40° 5.858′ N, 74° 51.572′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is at the intersection of Pond Street and Bath Street on Pond
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Lincoln (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Basin (approx. ¼ mile away); The Tidal Lock (approx. ¼ mile away); Canal Office (approx. ¼ mile away); Columbus 500 Celebration (approx. 0.3 miles away); Replica of the Spanish Garitas (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Ring (approx. 0.3 miles away); Harriet Ross Tubman (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 13, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.