Amazing Pennsylvania Canals

If you've ever stopped at Lock 12 Historic Area in York County, or driven on PA Route 15 (built over the old canal in many places), you know that canals were the lifeblood of commerce in the region for a short time in the 19th century.

To learn more, pick up this premier resource by William H. Shank. First published in 1960, Shank included a state-wide canal map, 125 historic photos, drawings by the late Phillip Hoffmann, and tables of lock and mileage data.

As founder of the PA Canal Society and past president of the American Canal Society, the author offers this definitive work on Pennsylvania canals with the help of canals buffs throughout the Keystone State.

While a newer edition is widely available through major online retailers, and local museum stores, one local historian we spoke with advized readers to track down a first edition (jacket pictured above) for higher quality images.  Alternatively, look for this publication at your local library and many local historical societies.