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Pennsylvania Canal (page 1)

Although Leechburg had been known for its first 140 years primarily as a Western Pennsylvania "steel and coal" town, the community actually owes its start to the Pennsylvania Canal (for an interesting but lengthly account of how the Canal affected the commerce of Pittsburgh,
read this article posted at "Pghbridges.com").

Had it not been for the canal, a gigantic public project built by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania linking the Harrisburg area with Pittsburgh, the factors that later combined to develop Leechburg as a small industrial center may have never evolved. Several other towns along the Kiskiminetas and Allegheny Rivers trace their beginnings to the canal, including Blairsville, Saltsburg and Freeport.

Leechburg, a small, isolated village until the building of the canal in the 1820's and 30's, became an important port on the canal. A significant facility—a large dam—was built here which slackwatered the Kiski River seven miles upstream to Apollo. Later, several canal shipping companies operated out of Leechburg, and important boatyards and docks were located here. [next]

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