Delaware & Hudson CanalAfter its heyday in the late 1850's to 1870's, the canal gradually lost business to the faster, more efficient railroads, which could ship coal in the dead of winter and the dark of night. This loss of business resulted in layoffs of boats, fewer trips, and harder times for boatmen and for businesses along the canal. In 1890 there were 800 coal boats operating; by 1898 only 387 were making trips. On November 5 of that year, the last boat to haul coal made the full trip from Honesdale to Rondout. This was not a surprise to most people. Beginning in 1881, company managers had been announcing that the demise of the canal was imminent. Fewer boats traveled the canal every year and the boatmen and their mules were looking increasingly ragged.
|Placed By||Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at 1:01pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 545662 N 4609247|
|Decimal Degrees||41.63365000, -74.45176667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 38.019', W 74° 27.106'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 38' 1.1399999999999" N, 74° 27' 6.3600000000001" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
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