Friday, June 5, 2009

Old Delaware Canal

This is a section of the old 60 mile long Delaware canal. The Delaware Canal is the only remaining continuously intact canal of the great towpath canal building era of the early and mid-19th century. Opened in 1834 it was used to haul freight by mule pulled barges back and forth from Easton Pa. to Bristol Pa. until the railroad made it obsolete.

I have no idea what the strange looking animal statue is, it's on the grass right next to the canal.
Anybody know what it is?


siva // ശിവ said...

The third picture looks so nice... said...

I love the stonework, an idyllic setting.
I wish I could help you with the "strange" animal! LOL!
Maybe it's a made up monster to amuse the kids.

Cezar and Léia said...

hahaha This animal is a "Catnosaur"!!!No doubt!LOL

Hi James!
Beautiful place!What a fabulous sunny day there and the canal looks clean and beautiful!
This place would be perfect for a picnic day!
Luna would be there thinking or philosophising for hours!
Have a great weekend!
God bless you

Cezar and Léia said...

By the way... that "catnosaur" looks very happy because its tails is "up" very "up ", and it's a great sign! :-)

Anonymous said...

I really wish our community area would do something for the old Miami Erie Canal system that went north and south to the east of where we live. It is pretty well destroyed after ages of no maintenance but still it could be created in part. I really like the photos of your canal.

You might like to read the story about Our Flower Pot...

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2sweetnsaxy said...

It looks like it would be fun just to travel along that canal. Great shots. I haven't got a clue what that statue thingee is. :-D

Coy Hill said...

The old canal really is in great shape considering how long must have been since it was used.

I have spent quite a bit of time along the C&O and in fact was there around Hancock Md this evening. It was opened in 1830 and closed in the 1920's. The locks are in really bad shape with many collapsed and others filled in to keep them from collapsing. Much of the old canal is now nothing more than a wide ditch with trees growing in it. The NPS has made it a park and the tow path is maintained as a hiking/biking trail. Not nearly as picturesque as what you have pictured here.