Hopkin's Canal

Also known as: Conoy Canal
Locust Grove Rd and Conoy Creek

An attempt to build a canal to bypass Conewago Falls on Susquehanna River as part of the Mainline Canal


Looking south down Locust Grove Rd

Photo taken by Jodi Christman in June 4, 2013




"The principal waterway in Lancaster County is the Susquehanna River, which forms its western border. However, its many rocks and rapids made it difficult for navigation. An attempt was made in 1820 by James Hopkins to dig a canal to bypass the Conewago Falls, already bypassed in 1797 by the Conewago Canal in York County on the opposite side of the river. However, the Hopkins Canal was poorly laid out and not useful for navigation.[1] He was then authorized by the legislature to build a canal along the Conestoga River to Lancaster to connect that city with the Susquehanna, but abandoned it after building one lock." SOURCE: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transportation_in_Lancaster_County,_Pennsylvania#Canals

Update Log 

  • June 6, 2013: Added by Jodi Christman


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