From the Coalfields to the Hudson A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal SC
From the Coalfields to the Hudson A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal SC
From the Coalfields to the Hudson A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal SC
From the Coalfields to the Hudson A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal SC
From the Coalfields to the Hudson A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal SC
From the Coalfields to the Hudson A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal SC
From the Coalfields to the Hudson A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal SC
From the Coalfields to the Hudson A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal SC
From the Coalfields to the Hudson A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal SC
From the Coalfields to the Hudson A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal SC
From the Coalfields to the Hudson A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal SC
From the Coalfields to the Hudson A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal SC

From the Coalfields to the Hudson A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal SC

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From the Coalfields to the Hudson A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal SC
 
From the Coalfields to the Hudson, A History of the Delaware & Hudson Canal by Larry Lowenthal
Soft Cover
298 pages
Copyright 1997
Table of Contents
Introduction1
Acknowledgements3
Wurtses Wandering in the Anthracite Wilderness5
In the Legislative Wilderness10
Explorations in New York18
Plotting a Course25
Preparations to Build26
Orange-Ulster Controversy30
Pennsylvania Legislation35
Merger36
Wurts Financial Strains44
Linking the Delaware and the Hudson47
Another Financial Crisis59
Completing the Canal62
At the Forks of the Dyberry65
The Gravity to the Mines71
Visions of Empire80
A Developmental Canal?83
Coming of Age89
The Anthracite Rivals91
A Battle for the Rivers92
Troublesome Phantoms96
The Crisis102
The Gospel of Anthracite111
Learning to Run the Thing116
Are Now Thriving and Busy Towns125
Thunder Along the Delaware133
The Erie Railroad135
The Anthracite Rivals139
Enlargement142
Second Enlargement145
Rebuilding the Railway148
Suspension Aqueducts151
Settling with the Erie156
New Territory, New Trouble161
Another Approach168
Third Enlargement174
Familiar Themes Replayed178
The First Skirmishes185
A Thirty-Year Cloud Dissipates189
War With the PCC194
The Boats ...201
... And Those Who Guided Them203
An Artery of Commerce211
Railroaders at the Tiller225
The Canal Flows On238
The Canal Drains Toward Insignificance247
Epilogue263
Unfinished Business267
The Delaware Valley & Kingston: The Epilogue Railroad270
The Canal Trickles Away275
Tables277
Notes278
Bibliography294
Index295


ON THE BACK COVER:
In photographs and paintings the Delaware & Hudson Canal appears calm and unruffled. Canal boys, their faces shaded by wide brimmed straw hats, lead mules leisurely down the towpath. Occasionally the boatmen break the monotony with harmless pranks or brawls. This charming picture is not entirely false, but there is another dimension to the D&H Company, a corporation struggling to succeed in a hostile and risky business. Except in its final years the history of the canal was marked by a series of crises or conflicts, each of which threatened the survival of the company. Constant insecurity wore out the D&H managers, but as the company met its challenges in the formative years of American capitalism, it created a model for later enterprises. Now, a century after the last boatload of anthracite floated down the D&H Canal, this book gives a new and fuller perspective on this remarkable venture.
Although he had written several books on railroads and mining, Larry Lowenthal's choice of the D&H as a subject was largely unintentional. A historian with the National Park Service for many years, he was asked in 1991 to write a brief summary and evaluation of the canal in Ulster County. As he became acquainted with the subject and learned of the existence of previously untapped sources, he gradually became convinced that a new and comprehensive look at the D&H was needed.


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