Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park

Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park (HMA6U)

Location: South Bound Brook, NJ 08880 Somerset County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 33.517', W 74° 31.839'

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Historical Significance
Dug by hand, mostly be Irish immigrants, the 66 mile D & R Canal was completed in 1834. 75 feet wide and 8 feet deep, the canal originally had 14 locks to raise and lower boat traffic.

The D & R Canal operated as an inland waterway between the Delaware and Raritan rivers, primarily transporting Pennsylvania coal to New York via mule drawn canalboats. The busiest years of the D & R Canal were in the decade following the Civil War, when it proved itself to be one of America's most important canals.

By 1843 mules were supplemented by steam powered boats. The D & R Canal was used by a great variety of commercial, pleasure and naval vessels. Many locks, spillways, tender's houses, and other nineteenth century structures remain intact and in use. The entire D & R Canal is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Corridor of Conservation and Recreation
Along its route of scenic beauty, the canal offers varied recreation and provides a natural habitat for plants and wildlife. Visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural world while canoeing, fishing, cycling, walking or horseback riding.

Water Resource
After 1932 the D & R Canal no longer provided a through route for vessels. Instead, the water itself became a resource which is of increasing importance to much of central New Jersey.

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HM NumberHMA6U
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Placed ByNJ Dept. of Environmental Protection
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 1:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 539735 N 4489867
Decimal Degrees40.55861667, -74.53065000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 33.517', W 74° 31.839'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 33' 31.02" N, 74° 31' 50.34" W
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Area Code(s)732
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 169 Canal Rd, South Bound Brook NJ 08880, US
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