19TH CENTURY U.S. CANALS

Pennsylvania

 

 

General

 

A Connected View of the Whole Internal Navigation of the United States – 1830
Descriptions of the state's canals begins on page 171.

 

A Description of the Canals and Rail Roads of the United States - 1840
Brief descriptions of the canals and numerous feeders, side cuts and branches begins on page 97.
 

A Geography of Pennsylvania - 1843
A description and history of the state's internal improvements, including the canals, begins on page 147. The Portage Railroad is described on page 155, and canals built by companies begins on page 156.
 

An Accompaniment to Mitchell's Map of the World - 1846
Brief descriptions of the various branches of the canal system begin on page 179.
 

An Accompaniment to Mitchell's Reference and Distance Map of the United States - 1835
A brief description of the public and private canal systems begins on page 241.
 

An Historical Account of the Rise, Progress and Present State of the Canal Navigation in Pennsylvania
A link to the 1795 document.
 

Annual Report of the Auditor General of the State of Pennsylvania
Reports on the canal companies begins on page 757.
 

Annual Report of the State Engineer and Surveyor for the Year 1906
A brief history and description of the state canal system begins on page 1377.

 

Canal Policy No. II
An 1824 document.

 

Canals
A history of canals in the Philadelphia area.

 

Canals for a Nation
An extensive history of the state canal system begins on page 58. Includes a map.
 

Canals in Pennsylvania
Maps, historical and current photos of some of the canals, plus links to related sites.
 

Charles Dickens Account of His Trip on the Pennsylvania Canal
His amusing account of this leg of his 1842 tour of the U.S. A link to his complete account finds his canal trip beginning in Chapter 9, and continuing in Chapter 10.
 

Governer’s Message
An 1831 report on the development of canals in the state.

 

Guide to the Pennsylvania Board of Canal Commissioners' Records
This extensive index of the canal commissioners' records, covering the period 1825 - 1858, provides insights into the history of the canal system and its operation.
 

Hazard's United States Commercial and Statistical Register, Volume 2 - 1840
The 1839 Canal Commissioner's report begins on page 135.

 

History of Pennsylvania
A brief history of the state canal system and steamboat transportation begins on page 205. Includes a map of the canal system and the anthracite coal fields and historical photos.

 

Indiana’s Canal Heritage
A brief history of Pennsylvania's canal system begins on page 11.

 

Locomotive Sketches, with Pen and Pencil: Or, Hints and Suggestions to the Tourist Over the Great Central Route from Philadelphia to Pittsburg - 1854
Brief descriptions of the canals in the system, and their construction costs, begins on page 71.
 

Message From the Governor : Accompanied With The Report of the Canal Commissioners
A link to the 1828 document.
 

Mitchell’s Compendium of the Internal Improvements of the United States  - 1835
Brief descriptions of the various branches of the canal system begin on page 29.

 

Notes on the Internal Improvements of Pennsylvania
A history of the state's canal system begins on page 14.
 

Pennsylvania Canal
A brief history and description of the canal system. Map and links to related sites.
 

Pennsylvania Canal, Boucher, 1908
The effect of the canals on Pittsburgh Commerce.

 

Pennsylvania Canal Photos
A set of photos of the canals.
 

Pennsylvania Canal Society
Information about the society, historical movie, interactive map; brief descriptions, histories, photos and current attractions; multimedia presentations, links to related sites.
 

Pennsylvania Canal System
A large collection of historical photos. Links to related sites.
 

Pennsylvania Canal System Historical Marker
A brief history of the Beaver Division. Current photos.
 
Pennsylvania Canal, Wilson, 1898
A brief history of the canal system, with a focus on the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal.
 

Pennsylvania Colonial and Federal - 1903
Brief histories of the state canals, beginning on page 268. Historical photos.

 

Pennsylvania Canals
Brief descriptions of the various branches of the canal system begin on page 29.
 

Pennsylvania Our Home
A brief history of Pennsylvania's canal system, beginning on page 189. Includes historical photos.
 

Pennsylvania Transportation
News articles and history about PA waterways, highways, railroads and other transporatation, including the canals.
 

Public Works--State Canals
A link to the .pdf file of an 1855 New York Times article about the proposed sale of part of the canal system.
 

Report of the Board of Canal Commissioners to the Senate of Pennsylvania, December 18, 1829
A link to the document.
 

Report of the Canal Commissioners, of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, read in the House of Representatives, January 4, 1828
A link to the document.
 

Report of the Canal Commissioners of Pennsylvania, relative to the Pennsylvania canals and rail-road
An 1830 report of the canal and railroad systems.
 

Suggestions on the Canal Policy of Pennsylvania
A link to the 1824 document.
 

Tales of the Towpath
A comprehensive web site about the Lehigh and Delaware Canals, including maps, videos and blogs.
 

The Canals of Pennsylvania – 1901
An extract from the annual report to the state secretary of internal affairs.

 

The Economic History of the Anthracite-Tidewater Canals
A history of the development of the anthricite coal industry in Pennsylvania, including extensive histories of the Lehigh, Delaware Division, Delaware and Hudson and Morris canals and the Schuylkill Navigation.
 

The History of Subventions From 1844 to 1873
A brief description of the state's financial policy regarding canals during this period.
 

The Pennsylvania Canal Company 1867 - 1926
An article begins on page 3 of the American Canal Society newsletter.

 

The Pennsylvania-German, Volume 12 – 1911
An article about the early conditions leading to construction of the canals begins on page 385.

 

The Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, Volumes 1-3 - 1918
A brief history of the state canal system begins on page 38.

 

Water Resources Inventory Report - 1917
A list of canals and navigation companies chartered by the legislature of Pennsylvania begins on page 44.

 

Rev. August, 2022