Manayunk Canal Bridge


Another photo that I previously posted on Flickr before I started the blog.  I wanted to go back and re-process it for the blog.

Manayunk’s development is greatly attributed to its canal, since it was a stable waterway that provided transportation and water for the town’s mills and enabled the shipment of goods within a 108-mile span of navigable waters. The Schuylkill Navigation Company was fully incorporated in 1815 to provide safe transportation of goods along the Schuylkill River. At the time, horses pulling carts of goods for long distances on dirt roads did not meet the demands of industry, so the Company began its work in 1817 from Fairmount Dam in Philadelphia (which had already been built as part of Philadelphia’s drinking water system). The system would include; 51 miles of canals, 114 locks and a tunnel and 32 dams ranging in height of 3 to 23 feet, overcoming a total fall of 610 feet. The Manayunk canal was completed in 1819 along with Flat Rock Dam (since Manayunk at the time was called “Flat Rock”).


4 responses

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  2. todd, i love the site. I’m one of your flickr contacts which is how i found this. Be great if we could exchange comments and critiques on wordpress as i too am building a blog presence, and do alot of similar stuff. I’m building my blog slowly, and will probably post some tutorials. If you don’t mind, at some point I’d like to run some ‘interviews’ with selected ‘flickr buddies’ and will get in touch, would be really interesting to share some of your techniques and approach to shooting with the blogosphere! take care. Jon

    October 14, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    • Jon. Sounds Good. Let me know what you would like to do. I will check out your site also.

      October 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

  3. I really like they way you framed this scene. Very nice!

    January 25, 2012 at 9:48 am

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