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Riassunto: In search of an off-beat day trip? This book offers basic information for the casual visitor to canal parks, museums and related historic sites in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. It includes a guide to attractions along the famed Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park, the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site (where a railroad carried canal boats over a mountain) the National Canal Museum, as well as to canal towns, small museums and out-of-the way canal restorations. The book includes maps, illustrations, historic photographs, a list of canal-related events, publications and organizations.
If the trip piques your interest in canal history, the book offers an overview of the canal era, lively accounts of how the canals were built and vignettes about the 19th-century leaders who got the job done. Check out the excerpts section for the story of Mathew Carey and a brief summary of Pennsylvania's canal history.
Finally, you'll find ways to get involved with canal societies and an overview of the canal restoration movement. The book also describes how canal restoration projects are being used as tool for economic development.
From the Back Cover: The Erie Canal opened in 1825 with the largest celebration American had even seen and set off a frenzied period of construction that produced about 4,000 miles of canal. Less than 100 years later, vegetation and debris obliterated towpaths; historic structures crumbled and canal beds went dry. By 1925, only 700 miles of canal were in use.
Canal Parks, Museums and Characters of the Mid-Atlantic describes the tumultuous canal-building period and recent efforts to transform these abandoned waterways into parks and historic sites. The book offers a wonderful cast of 19th-century characters who were undeterred by rocky terrain, raging rivers or the persistent threat of bankruptcy. Their 20th-century counterparts were equally determined and resourceful in their battles to preserve the legacy of the early canal-builders.
"About once in a decade, someone comes along who write well enough to persuade us to visit our canals and join groups promoting their preservation. I believe Kate Mulligan is one of those once-in-a-decade people." Thomas Swiftwater Hahn, founding present of the American Canal Society and the International Canal Society and founding editor of American Canals.
"For those of us who've plodded the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal for too long, Kate Mulligan takes the blinders off and reveals the larger world of mid-Atlantic canal parks. She takes us on a relaxing tour of these natural highways, pointing out designs sometimes improbable or inspired and remembering the indefatigable engineers, canny politicians and downtrodden laborers who made the whole system run." Mike High, author of The C&O Canal Companion
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Descrizione libro Wakefield Press. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. This copy shows very minor wear. Codice libro della libreria G0965555216I4N00
Descrizione libro Wakefield Pr, 1999. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 965555216
Descrizione libro Wakefield Pr, 1999. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0965555216