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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Zane Grey Museum, historic canal bridge awaits visitors

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  • LACKAWAXEN -The Zane Grey Museum, located in Lackawaxen, was home to Zane Grey and his family from 1912 to 1918. Today the museum, which is preserved by the National Park Service, features many items from Zane’s life such as dental and baseball equipment, photos of his fishing adventures, and of course, his novels.
    Now that summer is drawing to a close the museum has transitioned to its fall hours. During September the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting in October the museum’s hours will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will close for the season on Sunday, October 20th. Admission is free so stop in and learn about Zane Grey’s life and literature while enjoying beautiful views of the Upper Delaware River from the front porch.
    While in Lackawaxen you can also visit Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct (also known as the Roebling Bridge), the oldest existing wire suspension bridge in the nation. It was designed and built under the supervision of John A. Roebling, future engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge.
    The aqueduct once held water six feet deep, and was part of the Delaware and Hudson Canal that transported Northeastern Pennsylvania anthracite coal over 108 miles to the Hudson River. You can walk the towpaths that run along the top of the structure, where the mules that pulled the boats walked when the canal was in operation. These provide great vantage points, to appreciate this historic structure and to enjoy views north and south of the Delaware River.
    After the closing of the canal in 1898, the aqueduct was converted to a toll bridge. At the east (New York) end of the bridge stands the Toll House, built around 1900. It is open year round 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting, and currently contains a display telling the story of the D&H Canal and a reproduction canal boat cabin depicting life on the canal boats, back in the day.
    Also on the New York side of the bridge is the D&H Towpath Trail, which follows the path of the canal for approximately one-third mile along the river bank. Brochures describing the historic landscape of the canal are available in the Toll House and in a brochure rack at the head of the trail in the parking lot just north of the New York end of the aqueduct.
    For more information please check out our website at
    www.nps.gov/upde or call the Zane Grey Museum at (570)685-4871.
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