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The River Towns

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Bucks County had four important Delaware River ports: Bristol, to the south, served the largest oceangoing vessels of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and in the nineteenth century became the terminus of the Delaware Canal. Fallsington just to the north marks the fall line of the Delaware that blocked the passage of larger vessels inland but missed both the canal and the later railroad booms. With the construction of the Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal along the banks of the Delaware, Fallsington was left behind while other communities, including Yardley and New Hope, gained momentum, adding a surge of Victorian houses, hotels, and commercial buildings that represented the growing industrial economy. Most of the economic activity of these communities occurred within sight of the Delaware Canal or the Delaware River.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas

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