Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct

Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct (HM2A36)

Location: , PA
Country: United States of America

N 41° 28.915', W 74° 59.12'

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Imagine boats traveling above the river here. After 1848, 50-ton canal boats crossed over the Delaware River at this site. Chief canal engineer Russel F. Lord and civil engineer John A. Roebling designed and built this suspension aqueduct — now a vehicular bridge — to link the Pennsylvania and New York segments of the Delaware & Hudson Canal.
The aqueduct alleviated a 20-year bottleneck on the Delaware River at Lackawaxen. Transporting boats above the river reduced the time required to cross the Delaware, making the D&H Canal more competitive with its rivals: the railroads and other canals.
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The cross section (below) shows a canal boat in the aqueduct. Pulling boats through six feet of water, the mules — and their drivers — crossed the river on elevated towpaths.
This late-19th-century photograph shows the Delaware Aqueduct with the Delaware House in the background.
HM NumberHM2A36
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 501224 N 4592256
Decimal Degrees41.48191667, -74.98533333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 28.915', W 74° 59.12'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 28' 54.9" N, 74° 59' 7.1999999999998" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Roebling Bridge, PA , US
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