19TH CENTURY U.S. CANALS

Pennsylvania

 

 

Union Canal

 

A brief description of the canals and rail roads of the United States – 1834
A brief description is on page 32.

 

A Connected View of the Whole Internal Navigation of the United States – 1830
Rates of tolls for the canal for 1830 are on page 561.

 

A Gazetteer of the State of Pennsylvania – 1832
A brief history and description begins on page 42.

 

A history of Lebanon County prior to 1876 – 1913
Reference to the canal is on page 130.

 

Acts of the Legislature of Pennsylvania Relating to the Schuylkill Navigation Company, Issue 4 – 1830
An Act relating to the canal begins on page 27.

 

Annual Report of the Auditor General of the State of Pennsylvania – 1874
A report for the canal for the year 1873 begins on page 874.

 

Annual Report of the Managers of the Union Canal Company of  Pennsylvania - 1830
A link to the report.
 

Annual Report of the State Engineer and Surveyor for the Year 1906
A brief history and description of the canal and the Pine Grove Branch begins on page 1391. Includes a Statement of Operations for the years 1828 - 1884.

 

Canals for a Nation
A brief history begins on page 59.

 

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

 

Coal and Coal Trade Journal, Volume 36 – 1905
Some details regarding the canal are on page 12.

 

Conrad's Warehouse (Union Canal  Warehouse)
Historic and descriptive data about the former warehouse along the canal.

 

Digital Public Library of America
Links to historical photos and documents.

 

Engineer’s Legacy Still Stands
An article begins on page 14 of the American Canal Society newsletter.

 

Google Newspapers
A set of historical newspaper articles which make reference to the canal.

 

Guide to the historical markers of Pennsylvania – 1952
An index of references to the canal within the document.

 

Hazard's Register of Pennsylvania, Volume 12 - 1834
The 1833 annual report for the canal company begins on page 347.

 

Hazard's Register of Pennsylvania, Volume 16 – 1836
Tolls received during the week ending June 12 is on page 16; the 1835 annual report begins on page 353.

 

Historical and biographical annals of Berks County, Pennsylvania – 1909
Reference to the canal is on page 34.

 

Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania – 1843
A brief history begins on page 417.

 

History of Berks county in Pennsylvania – 1886
Reference to the canal is on page 444.

 

History of Reading, Pennsylvania – 1898
Reference to the canal is on page 45.

 

History of the Counties of Berks and Lebanon – 1844
References to the canal are on pages 350 and 378-382.

 

History of the Counties of Dauphin and Lebanon : in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania – 1883
References to the canal in Dauphin County are on pages 116, 321 and 380.   References in Lebanon County are on pages 3, 61, 174 and 185.

 

History of the Union Canal Company
A brief history of the canal.  Link to a video about the tunnel on the canal.

 

Hunt's Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review, Volume 24 – 1851
Statistics from the 1850 annual report begin on page 762.

 

Middletown Borough – 2009
Reference to the canal and historical photos are on pages 8, 85 and 86.

 

New York Public Library Digital Collection
A collection of historical photos of the canal.

 

Notes and Queries, Historical, Biographical and Genealogical, Relating Chiefly to Interior Pennsylvania – 1895
A brief history is on page 487.

 

Papers and addresses of the Lebanon County Historical Society – 1909
An index of references to the canal within the document.

 

Papers Written in Opposition to the Union Canal
A link to the 1817 paper.
 

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

 

Pennsylvania's Union Canal
A brief history of the canal, including descriptions of remnants of the canal.

 

Railway World, Volume 30 – 1886
A brief history is on page 606.

 

Reading and Berks County, Pennsylvania, A History · Volume 1 – 1925
References to the canal are on pages 51, 357 and 359.

 

Register of Pennsylvania – 1835
Statistics on the types and quantities of goods transferred downbound from the Union to the Schuylkill Canal, and upbound from the latter to the former canal begin on page 39.

 

Report of the Committee of the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania – 1832
A brief history of the canal, and the role of lotterys to fund its construction, begins on page 4.

 

Report of the President and Managers of the Union Canal Company of Pennsylvania to the Stockholders – 1818

 

Report to the legislature of Pennsylvania : containing a description of the Swatara mining district – 1839
An index of references to the canal within the document.

 

The canals of Pennsylvania and the system of internal improvements – 1901
An index of references to the canal within the document.

 

The Chronicles of Middletown – c1906
References to the canal are on pages 67 and 124.

 

The Philadelphia-Baltimore Trade Rivalry: 1780-1860, 1947
An index of references to the canal within the document.

 

The Register of Pennsylvania, Volume 6 – 1831
The annual report for 1830 begins on page 344.

 

The rise of an iron community, an economic history of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, from 1740-1865, 1950
An index of references to the canal within the document.

 

The Union Canal (Part 1)
An article begins on page 4 of the American Canal Society newsletter.

 

The Union Canal (Part 2)
The article concludes on page 3 of the American Canal Society newsletter.

 

The Union Canal & Tunnel
A brief history of the canal and tunnel. Current photos.
 

The Union Canal, Lebanon County PA
Historical newspaper articles about the canal in Lebanon County.

 

Tulpehocken Creek Historic District
Includes a brief history of the canal and its impact on Berks County.

 

Union Canal
A brief history and description of the canal, the tunnel and its Pine Grove Feeder.

 

Union Canal Company of Pennsylvania
Photo of a stock certificate for the company.

 

Union Canal Company of Pennsylvania
Photo of an 1855 stock certificate.

 

Union Canal Company of Pennsylvania Historical Marker
Photo and text of a marker in Lebanon County.

 

Union Canal (Pennsylvania)
A brief history and description of the canal. Map and link to related sites.
 

Union Canal Historical Marker
Photo, location and text of a marker.
 

Union Canal Historical Marker
Photo and text of a marker in Lebanon County.
 

Union Canal Historical Marker
Photo of a marker in Berks County. Includes a description and brief history of the canal.
 

Union Canal Historical Marker
The site includes a photo of the marker.
 

Union Canal Historical Marker
A brief history of the canal and description of the site at Hershey. Current photos.
 

Union Canal Historical Marker
A brief history of the canal and description of the site at Middletown. Current photos.
 

Union Canal Historical Marker
A brief history of the canal and description of the site near Skyline View. Current photos.
 

Union Canal Historical Marker
A brief description of the site near Jonestown. Current photos and links to related sites.
 

Union Canal Historical Marker
A brief history of the canal and description of the site. Current photos.
 

Union Canal Historical Marker
A brief history of the canal and description of the site near Myerstown. Current photos and links to related sites.
 

Union Canal Locks, Bernville Vicinity
Historical and descriptive data about the canal in this area.

 

Union Canal Lottery
An 1831 newspaper advertisement for a lottery to help fund construction of the canal.

 

Union Canal Photos
A set of photos of the canal.
 

Union Canal Tunnel
A brief history and description of the canal. Current photos.
 

Union Canal Tunnel
A brief history and description of the structure.

 

Union Canal Tunnel Historical Marker
Photo and text of a marker in Lebanon County.

 

Union Canal Tunnel Historical Marker
Photo and text of a marker in Lebanon County.

 

Union Transportation Line
An 1836 newspaper advertisement for one of the transportation companies operating on the canal.

 

Rev. May, 2022