The Delaware Canal was completed in 1832 and used into the early twentieth century until the railroad systems came into popularity. Although the Delaware River was used as a form of transportation in the 1800's, it was not user friendly. The state decided to construct a canal that would make the shipping of goods up and down the east coast easier and much more reliable. Coal from up state Pennsylvania was the major commodity and it came across the Lehigh Canal to Easton where it joined the Delaware Canal. From here coal could be shipped down the canal to the tidal waters of the Delaware River at Bristol. For ease of construction, the canal parallels the course of the river, in some spots it even appears they share the same bank.
The Delaware Canal State Park runs from Morrisville to Easton. The canal path, or tow path used by the mules to pull the barges along the canal years ago is now used by people to get some fresh air and a little exercise.
It is possible to walk from this red foot bridge in Morrisville to Easton without leaving the canal path.
The picture of this cyclist was taken where the canal passes Tinicum County Park.
Because of the changes in elevation, it was necessary to install a series of lock systems to control the flow of water in the canal. This is lock NO. 12 in Lumberville. Note the River Road on the right and the foot bridge to New Jersey in the background.
Changes in elevation were not the only problem encountered when building the canal. Because there are numerous streambeds cut into hillside along the river, it was necessary to build bridges for the canal to cross these streambeds. Tinicum Creek seen here, is flowing under the River Road and the Delaware Canal. The darker brown bridge is the canal, and it is actually carrying water, note the leak.
Of course bridges were needed to cross over the canal as well. Most of these bridges were the same style red bridge, and although they have since been replaced with more modern bridges, the recognizable red canal bridge style has been maintained.
This picture in Lumberville shows just how closely the canal follows the river. This is mostly due to the steep slope of the land along the river in the upper sections. Along the southern sections of the canal where the land is not so steep the canal can move inland away from the river to cut across the lower end of the county in Falls Township.
This scene is repeated over and over again up and down the canal. Note the red bridge in the background.
The General Store in Upper Black Eddy offers picnic tables along the canal to have some lunch, or maybe just a cold drink.
A beautiful summer day along the Delaware Canal; the sun is warm but the shade is cool.
The Delaware Canal is a great place to enjoy the fall colors
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