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Shuylkill Canal, Pennsylvania

Schuylkill Canal

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)

November 17, 1824

Reading, Nov. 6

The water was on Saturday again introduced into the lower section of the Canal, in the vicinity of this borough, and on Sunday it reached within half a mile of the upper locks, when it penetrated through the limestone embedded in the bottom, in such a degree as to be entirely lost in a few minutes. A small stone house on the verge of the embankment was undermined so as to cause one end to sink several feet. The cellar under the house belonging to Mr. Reese was almost instantly filled with water. Chasms of considerable magnitude now remain to be filled up. The engineers, indefatigable in their duty, have commenced repairs with redoubled vigor; should accident and difficulties not multiply, there is still a hope that in the course of two weeks the obstacles that have been unluckily presented may be surmounted.

The New York company are now busily engaged in transporting the coal owned by them, by land to the outlet locks, a distance of about two miles, where they are re-shipping it for further transportation. - Journal

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)

November 24, 1824

Reading, Nov. 13

The New York Schuylkill Coal Company, are about establishing a regular water communication between Reading and that city. A line of packets will sail at stated intervals from New York and enter the river Schuylkill near Philadelphia, and ascend the same, so as to unite with the canal boats near the locks at the Upper Ferry. The freight from New York to Philadelphia will not exceed $1 75 per ton. The merchants and manufacturers of Berks and Schuylkill counties, will have a choice of two of the best markets in the United States. We understand that the canal boats will be covered, and rendered in every respect proof against the weather. - Journal.

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) April 26, 1826

In consequence of the completion of the Schuylkill river and canal navigation to the town of Reading, passengers are now conveyed between that town and Philadelphia, a distance of about 70 miles, between sunrise and sunset, for the small sum of two dollars and in canal boats combining great elegance and comfort.

"The canals," (the Shuylkill and Union Canal) says the Reading Chronicle, "have given new life and vigor to everything around this borough - numerous buildings are about to be erected, strangers are flocking to it and it is fast arising from obscurity to importance, wealth and grandeur."

In the same strain of honest exultation, the editor of the Norristown Herald notices the rapid advancement of that borough, the augmentation of population, the increase of buildings and constant employment of artisans. "Every dwelling house in the borough," says the Herald, "we believe is now occupied or engaged and indeed we do not think that even a set of rooms could be had for the accommodation of any family." - Balt. Amer.

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