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        Canal History

        The Lehigh Valley became a major part of the Industrial Revolution after coal was discovered in the area. The canal system was built as a way to transport the coal from the local mines to New York and Philadelphia. Using the canal, small boats pulled by mules transported coal out and other materials into the Valley. WLVT PBS 39 produced the following segment for Lehigh Valley Tempo!, a weekly news magazine program. The history of how the canals that connect New York to Philadelphia and the coal regions surround the Lehigh Valley will be highlighted. Businessmen Josiah White and Erskine Hazard are credited with the work on the canal system.


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