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Wayne County Historical Society and Library (Delaware and Hudson Canal Offices)
The cast-iron detail above the windows and central door ties this building to mid-nineteenth-century buildings in New York City. Here they grace a simple brick volume that was appropriate to its industrial purpose as the weigh station and offices for the canal. In 1993, a room was added to house a replica of the Stourbridge Lion, the locomotive purchased in England in 1828 and brought to Honesdale to move coal across the relatively flat portions of Moosic Mountain that formed the great impediment to shipping coal to New York City. Although Oliver Evans's amphibious steam-powered vehicle operated in Philadelphia a decade earlier, this was the first practical industrial demonstration of a railroad engine. When it proved too heavy for its tracks, it and the other engines purchased simultaneously were adapted as stationary engines to haul coal up the inclined planes.
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