The North Branch Canal
Pennsylvania Canal Network
At Danville the canal veered away from its normal place along the river to the center of town close to where the Montgomery family had mills. At one time Mill Street merchants advertised their business as north or south of the canal. Both cargo and packet boats, which had sleeping and dining accommodations traveled the canal attracting local residents and visitors to the dock with the sounding of a conch horn announcing their arrival. In 1849 more than 5,000 people greeted the troops returning home in packet boats from the War with Mexico.
The use of anthracite coal in the iron furnaces in Montour County and the rolling of the first T Rail for building railroads at the Montour Iron Works on October 8, 1845, contributed significantly to the success of the North Branch Canal. Thousands of tons of coal were shipped from the Wyoming coalfields to produce the rails, which in turn were shipped to markets by canal boats pulled by mules at 4 miles per hour. Ironically, as railroads were built, they
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North Branch Canal near Danville
Erected by Susquehanna Greenway.
Location. 40° 57.737′ N, 76° 37.058′ W. Marker is in Danville, Pennsylvania, in Montour County. Marker is on Mill Street. Touch for map. The marker is next to the Danville Municipal Building. Marker is in this post office area: Danville PA 17821, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Montour County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of First Iron "T" Rail in America (approx. 0.2 miles away); Montgomery House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Montour County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Iron Rails (approx. 0.2 miles away); Christopher Sholes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mooresburg Schoolhouse (approx. 4.4 miles away); a different marker also named Christopher Sholes (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 21, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.