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Union Canal Towpath Trail
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Union Canal Bicycle & Walking Trail
Stop 3: Mule Bridge & Lock #51 E
 

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Union Canal Trail

This marker is located on a support structure for a slackwater dam. This site was last known as Strunk's Dam (1850), named after the last locktender at lock No. 51 E. The dam provided smooth water for canal boats to cross the creek from the guard lock on the opposite side to lift lock No. 51 E., whose retaining stones can be seen as you walk through the lock along the path. A new bridge has been built across the creek where a mule bridge once stood. Under the middle of the bridge you can see a tree stump on the old mule bridge support.