Monday, October 10, 2011

Following The Path That Was Once P. L. & W. Railroad



 Our adventure started at the coal tipple near Lock 57.  Mike, Briana, and I took the path that was once the P. L. and W. Railroad.  The Railroad stopped being used here in the early 60's when the old train tunnel collapsed on one end.  Going back this trail you will find ,among other things, (also spelled Bever)  in the early 1800's.  It was a toll bridge for many years.

 We were looking for at least two locks, anything that might be left of an old town called Island Run, and th.e elusive Fernwood.  While  We walked for 4
 hours up the creek, hoping to find any one of these things.  What we ultimately discovered was this lock! 
After 4 hours I would have taken anything!  I am not sure yet which lock this is, though but I am going to check Jerry King's web site,
http://www.sandybeavercanal.com/ and see what I can find.  I am sure I will be able to identify it there.  It was awesome to discover another lock.  No, I don't mean I am the one who found it, but each new place I go to is a personal discovery that I add to places I have been.

This lock was blocked at both ends by debris, but inside it was still in remarkably good shape.  I took about 200 pictures, as I am in no hurry to go back to it any time soon.  I had to cross the creek to get to it.  Not fun.  Okay, fun, but scary.We will be going back again in our continued effort to find  
the other lock, Fernwood,and what ever else might be back there. 

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