Our Titles on American Canals

February 15, 2018 |  by

The following titles concern the historical development and operation of a number of canals in early America.  As always, the purchase price includes all applicable taxes and free shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S. in our custom made shipping boxes.  As these are not titles published by Garrigues House, but made possible by our having financially underwritten them, we have a limited quantity available at very attractive prices.

Anthracite and Slackwater: The North Branch Canal 1828-1901 by F. Charles Petrillo

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Anthracite and Slackwater: The North Branch Canal 1828-1901 by F. Charles Petrillo

          Copyright 1986. 280 pages of history and photographs devoted to a complete historical treatment of the North Branch Canal. Some fantastic early photographs are included in this fascinating account of the canal that served the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. Available in a soft cover or hardcover format, these books are new old stock.

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Soft cover: $16.25 – SALE $10.00

Very Limited Edition Hardcover: $28.75 – SALE $16.00

Canals and American Cities: Assessing the Impact of Canals on the Course of American Urban Life Ronald C. Carlisle, Editor

Softbound, copyright 1991. An extremely well-researched and scholarly examination of the impact of canals in American cities. Supplemented with a number of maps, charts, graphs and diagrams. A must for anyone interested in canal history.

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The Death of a Great Company: Reflections on the Decline and Fall of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company by  W. Julian Parton

  •           The Death of A Great Company by W. Julian Parton.  Soft cover, Copyright 1986, 123 pages of black and white photos, maps, consolidated balance sheets and lots of information. “The Old Company” as it was known to the coal industry, one of the oldest companies in the United States whose founders were among the most significant contributors to the development of America, ceased to exist. Why after 150 years of growth? What went awry that caused this company to be put to rest? This is the story of Old Company’s Lehigh, the founding years and growth of the company. However, special emphasis is placed on the final active years when one thing after another went wrong, leading to the liquidation of virtually all its assets and the untimely death of a great company.

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The Morris Canal: A Photographic History by James Lee

The Morris Canal:  A Photographic History by James Lee.  Hardcover, copyright 1979 – this is a 1994 reprint by the Delaware Press. 130+ pages, little text and an incredible amount of photographs. This is a very interesting read and an authoritative work on the subject. We are fortunate to have a few N.O.S. copies.

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Tales the Boatmen Told: Recollections of the Morris Canal by James Lee 

          Tales the Boatmen Told:  Recollections of the Morris Canal, edited by James Lee.  Soft cover, copyright 1977, second printing 199, 327 pages of interesting reading and some black and white photos.

“It has been a good many years since first I was introduced to the Morris Canal by a homemade raft and a long pole. the location of this introduction was the boatyard at Phillipsburg, New Jersey. There in the shadow of Mt. Parnassus, a large rock formation which looms high above port Delaware, I found my land of make-believe. To a boy growing up, it was the next best thing to heaven. I didn’t know too much about heave, except that you went there when you died, if your were good. But I did know about the coal chutes and the canal. What a wonderful place to play! Climbing the mountain, baking potatoes in a fire, rafting on the canal, fishing for sunnies, throwing stones at water snakes, ice skating in season, but no swimming. There were too many leeches, snakes, and too much seaweed. Little did I know that this early introduction was to become first-a playground, second – a hobby, and now-and obsession. I don’t believe there was another canal in all the world that combined the natural beauty of God’s creation with the progressive spirit and ingenuity of man. Most canals followed rivers or streams and had their source of water nearby, but not so the Morris. It left a good supply (Delaware River) and struck out across the rolling hills and mountains of northern New Jersey. By utilizing locks and inclined planes, it climbed 914 feet about sea level on its route from Phillipsburg to Jersey City. This engineering feat made the Morris Canal a marvel to behold, but much more than its machinery and other physical aspects were the people. In 1974 I received a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission which enabled me to conduct and oral history/folklore project among the very few remaining people who had a direct relationship with the Morris Canal. It was the last roundup of primary information from people who boated, worked, played, fell in, or just lived along this wonderful waterway.”

– From the Introduction to Tales the Boatmen Told: Recollections of the Morris Canal by James Lee.

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