19TH CENTURY U.S. CANALS

Pennsylvania

 

 

Pennsylvania Main Line Canal

Also see (from east to west) State Canals - Eastern Division, Juniata Division, Allegheny Portage Railroad and State Canal - Western Division 

A House Dividing: Economic Development in Pennsylvania and Virginia Before the Civil War
An excerpt of a brief history begins on page 115.

 

Allegheny Aqueduct
A brief history and description of the 1845 aqueduct which carried the Main Line canal across the river. Map and illustration.
 

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

 

Canal Basin Historical Marker
A brief history and description of the site at Hollidaysburg. Current photos and links to related sites.
 

Canals, Volume 1
A brief history, description and map are on page 65.

 

Canals for a Nation
A brief history begins on page 62.

 

Central Pennsylvania History at the PA Canal Basin Park
Includes a brief history and description of the canal. Current photos and links to related sites.
 

Chronicling America
A set of historical newspaper articles which make reference to the canal.

 

Devastation and Renewal: An Environmental History of Pittsburgh and Its Region
The impact of the canal on Pittsburgh's development is described on page 47.

 

Digital Public Library of America
Links to documents related to the canal.

 

Early Trip to Pittsburgh
An article begins on page 6 of the American Canal Society newsletter.

 

Encyclopedia of American Urban History
A brief history begins on page 117.

 

Explore PA History: Pennsylvania Canal
Links to an extensive set of historical photos, historical markers, maps, documents, paintings, etc.
 

Geography of Transportation
A brief history is on page 86.

 

Hazard's Register of Pennsylvania, Volume 16 – 1836
Notes of a journey between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh begins on page 140; a report to stockholders begins on page 414.

 

Historic Highways of America ...: The great American Canals, Vol. 1
Includes a history of the canal.

 

Historic Liverpool, Pennsylvania
A brief history of the community, including reference to the canal. Links to a map and interviews with a former canal boat captain.
 

History of Pennsylvania
A brief history begins on page 207.

 

History of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
A brief history begins on page 9.

 

How Johnstown Made its Living
A brief history of the community, including reference to the canal. Links to historical and current photos, maps and paintings.
 

Internal Improvement: National Public Works and the Promise of Popular Government in the Early United States
Includes a brief history of the canal.

 

Johnstown Flood
A brief history begins on page 70.

 

Killing Time: Leisure and Culture in Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1800-1850
A brief history is on page 47.

 

Lake Conemaugh Historical Marker
A brief history and description of the former canal reservoir, source of the infamous Johnstown Flood. Historical and current photos and links to related sites.
 

Laws of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – 1844
An Act autorizing the city of Pittsburgh to rebuild the canal aqueduct over the Allegheny River begins on page 12.

 

Main Line of Public Works
A brief history and description of the transportation system. Includes maps and links to related sites.
 

Middletown Historical Marker
A brief history of the community, including reference to the canal. Current photos and links to related sites.
 

Pennsylvania Canal Company signed by Civil War Brigadier General Isaac Jones Wistar – 1870
Bond certificate for the canal company.

 

Pennsylvania Canal Historical Marker
A brief history of Harrisburg, including the role of the canal in its development. Current photos and links to related sites.
 

Pennsylvania Canal Historical Marker
A brief history and description of the site in Pittsburgh. Current photos and links to related sites.
 

Pennsylvania Canal Historical Marker
A brief history of the canal, located in New Hope. Current photos and links to related sites.
 

Pennsylvania Canal Historical Marker
A brief history and description of the Harrisburg site. Current photos and links to related sites.
 

Pennsylvania Canal Historical Marker
A brief history and description of the site at Northumberland. Current photos and links to related sites.
 

Pennsylvania Canal Historical Marker
A brief history and description of the site at Duncannon. Current photos and links to related sites.
 

Pennsylvania Canal Society Spring Field Trip
An article begins on page 6 of the American Canal Society newsletter.

 

Pennsylvania Canal Stock Certificate
Photo of an 1870 certificate.
 

Pennsylvania Main Line Canal Images
A collection of maps, historical and current illustrations and photos.

 

Pennsylvania Main Line Canal : Juniata and Western Divisions : special study - 1993
A link to the on-line document.

 

Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive
A set of historical articles making reference to the canal.

 

Philo E. Thompson's Diary Of A Journey On The Main Line Canal
An 1836 account of travel on the canal.

 

Progressive Pennsylvania
A  history of the canal begins on page 139.
 

Reliance Portable Boat Line
An 1841 newspaper advertisement for one of the canal boat companies operating on the canal.

 

Saltsburg Canal Park Historical Marker
A brief history and description of the site. Current photos.
 

State Banking in Early America : A New Economic History
A brief history begins on page 147.

 

Susquehanna, River of Dreams
A brief history of the canal begins on page 57.

 

Taste of Pennsylvania History
The impact of the canal on the community of Marietta is on page 259.

 

The Canal That Made Pittsburgh Great
An article about the impact of the canal on the city's growth, and the 1987 discovery of the remnants of one of the locks in the city. Map included.
 

The Evolution of Transportation in Western Pennsylvania – 1994
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

The Great Pennsylvania Canal
A brief history of the canal.
 

The Influence of the Pennsylvania Mainline of Public Works
A 2006 article about the canal.

 

The National Road
A brief history of the canal begins on page 14.

 

The Pennsylvania Canal (1830-1860)
A brief history of the canal.   Map and historical paintings and illustrations.

 

The Pennsylvania Journey
A map of the canal is on page 106.

 

The Pennsylvania Main Line Canal
A brief history of the canal.  Map and historical photos.

 

The Pennsylvania Railroad in Indiana
A brief history begins on page 13.

 

The Reliance Transportation Company
A newspaper advertisement for a boat company operating on the canal.

 

The Transportation Revolution, 1815-60
A brief history begins on page 43.

 

Tunnelview Historic Site
A brief history and description of the site. Current photos and links to related sites.
 

Two Historic Pennsylvania Canal Towns – 1989
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

U.S. Grant Goes to West Point
An article begins on page 8 of the American Canal Society newsletter.

 

Western Pennsylvania region : its landscape, people, and industry – 1994
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Western Transportation Co.
A newspaper advertisement for a boat company operating on the canal.

 

Wet Britches and Muddy Boots: A History of Travel in Victorian America
A brief history begins on page 160; an advertisement for a packet on the canal is on page 172.

 

Why Was it Called the “Main Line”?
An article begins on page 10 of the American Canal Society newsletter.

 

Rev. August, 2021