Delaware Canal

Bristol, PA Lagoon

Dam enclosing Bristol Lagoon section of canal

The dam seen here is needed to hold water in Bristol Lagoon since the canal is dry and brings no water into the lagoon. The concrete seen on either side of the photo are supports for a bridge carrying AMTRAK's main railroad line from New York City to Philadelphia, Pa over the canal. 10/25/03

Bristol Lagoon, looking South

This is Bristol Lagoon. On the left, the concrete is part of a Waste Weir (also called a Waste Gate). This is in the canal's towpath trail here to allow water to be drained out of the canal to prevent an overflow or to drain the canal to allow repairs. In the center, a small white gazebo can be seen next to the tree. 10/25/03

Grundy Mill and Bristol Lagoon

This photo is also on the Home Page. Bristol Lagoon is on the right. Grundy Mill with its Clock Tower is visible on the left. The Clock Tower can be seen from quite a distance away. When Canal Boatmen coming Southbound saw the clock tower in the distance, they knew that that Bristol Basin, the Tidal Lock on the Delaware River and the end of their journey, which probably began in the coal mining area of Northeastern Pennsylvania, was near. The Waste Weir mentioned in the photo above can also be seen coming from under the towpath trail. 10/30/03

Bristol Lagoon and National Landmark Plaque

This plaque states that, in 1978, the Delaware Canal became a National Historic Landmark. The foot path behind the plaque goes to the gazebo visible from the opposite direction in a previous photo. 10/25/03

Memeorial to an Irish Veteran of the US Civil War

This statue is a memorial to an Irish Immigrant who lived in Bristol, served in the US Army during the Civil War and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1863. He survived being held as a prisoner by the Confederates in Georgia's Andersonville Prison. 10/25/03

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