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Lewistown Narrows Canal Park

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1829; 1860; 1930; 2008, EADS Group and Heberling Associates. Old PA 22, Macedonia, 3.7 miles northwest of Mifflintown

At the head of the Lewistown Narrows a section of the Juniata branch of the Pennsylvania Canal opened in 2008 as a park. The Juniata branch linked the waters of the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers to Hollidaysburg, 127 miles to the west, as part of Pennsylvania's attempt to compete with the Erie Canal. The uphill course of the canal was augmented by eighty-six locks and twenty-five aqueducts. At this site is Lift Lock No. 13, with preserved wooden lock gates, and a restored section of canal. Also on the site is a cross-gabled stone building constructed in 1860 as the headquarters for an iron-mining operation that also housed the lockkeeper. The lock house will become a museum of canal history. The towpath has been converted to a 1.5-mile hiking trail.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Lewistown Narrows Canal Park", [Mifflintown, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 428-429.

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