Bethany Beach Loop Canal

Bethany Beach Loop Canal (HMOU2)

Location: Bethany Beach, DE 19930 Sussex County
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N 38° 32.464', W 75° 3.457'

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Completed July 8, 1910, the Loop Canal marked the end of a long journey for vacationers traveling to Bethany Beach in the town's early days. Arriving in Rehoboth by railroad, travelers would continue their voyage by boat, crossing Rehoboth and Indian River Bays to the U. S. Government (Assawoman) Canal. For a time, the final portion of the trip was completed in a two-horse drawn bus through the deep sand to the town. In an effort to improve travel conditions, a shallow waterway was dredged from the Assawoman Canal to this location. Approximately 1½ miles in length, it was constructed by the Bethany Beach Improvement Company, an organization of developers and property owners. With the opening of the canal, travelers could complete the final leg of the journey by boarding a single boat in Rehoboth. Since the shallow-draft motorboat Allie May could not back up, a loop was formed here at the First Street dock to allow the boat to turn around for the return trip.
HM NumberHMOU2
Marker NumberSC-158
Year Placed2002
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 1:46am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 494978 N 4265851
Decimal Degrees38.54106667, -75.05761667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 32.464', W 75° 3.457'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 32' 27.84" N, 75° 3' 27.42" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 41-51 Pennsylvania Ave, Bethany Beach DE 19930, US
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