Mules and Men

Mules and Men (HM1M7T)

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N 40° 37.637', W 75° 11.461'

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1831-1932

— Delaware Canal —

Mule PowerMules provided the power to move boats along the Delaware Canal. The mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. Compared to a horse, the surefooted mule ate less, had stronger endurance and better health. It was natural for a team to put twenty-five miles or more under their hooves each day.
Outfitting a Mule
Equipment included a harness, fly net, bells, hat and feed bag. Canallers owned their mules and harness, often bought from the coal company's stables and equipment stores.
A Mule's Day
The working day for the mules began with grooming, light feeding and harness fitting. Some mule drivers fed their team the first meal after working an hour, claiming the animals stayed healthier that way. When the tow line went slack it was time to feed the mules. The driver hung a feed bag around each animal's neck allowing it to eat while while working.
Mules had an unusual form of relaxation. According to one boatman, Howard Swope, if the mules seemed tired during the day, the driver "—would let them have a roll or two in a nearby field and then continue on for several more hours as the mules would then be as fresh as if they had a nap."
The drivers quite attached to their teams during the long hours together, fondly bragged about the mules' intelligence and instinct. A well trained team traveled the towpath unattended for miles, allowing the drive to rest on the boat.
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HM NumberHM1M7T
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Placed ByFriends of the Delaware Canal and the DCNR
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Date Added Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 483845 N 4497400
Decimal Degrees40.62728333, -75.19101667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 37.637', W 75° 11.461'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 37' 38.22" N, 75° 11' 27.66" W
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