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Union Canal Company of Pennsylvania legislative acts and note

 Collection — Box: 1 folder
Identifier: 003-MS 101

Scope and Contents

Printed legislative acts, manuscript note relating to the establishment and operation of the Union Canal Company of Pennsylvania. ‡b Includes Pennsylvania Senate Act, printed by Wm. Greer, dated Feb. 21, 1811, entitled "No. 141. Senate file ... An act to incorporate the Union Canal Company of Pennsylvania" and "Amendments to bill No. 91 H.R." relating to the Union Canal.  Handwritten notations of committee members and a list of those who voted in favor of the bill appear on the documents.  A manuscript note from William Lehman, Superintendent of the Union Canal, Lebanon, Pa., regarding the purchase of lumber is also included.


  • Created: 1811-1827

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Other Descriptive Information

The Union Canal of Pennsylvania dates back to 1762 when David Rittenhouse and William Smith surveyed a proposed canal along the Susquehanna River. First chartered as the Schuylkill and Susquehanna Canal Company, work was begun in 1792 under the direction of William Weston, an English engineer. Several miles of the Canal were dug and 5 locks were built between Myerstown and Lebanon before financial difficulties caused the work to cease. In 1811, the Schuylkill and Susquehanna Navigation and the Delaware and Schuylkill Canal Company merged to form the Union Canal Company of Pennsylvania. Work on the canal began in 1821 and was completed in 1828. Costly repairs, continual problems with flooding and the completion of the Lebanon Valley Railroad in 1857 from Reading to Harrisburg reduced the revenues and caused the closing of the Union Canal in 1885.

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