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Delmarva Waterway The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, 1829~1985

by Harold W. Hurst Canal-building fever captivated America in the 1820s and 1830s. Railroads were still in their infancy, and the nation’s commercial interests were in a desperate search to establish a transportation system that would link the cities of the East Coast with the grain fields of the western farm belt. The Erie Canal was completed

in 1825, linking New York City and Hudson River towns with the vast agricultural hinterland of the Great Lakes region. In the early 1830s, Ohio built a canal connecting the Great Lakes with the Mississippi Valley. Other waterways soon appeared in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Delmarva’s response to the ca-

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February 2014 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times February 2014

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