County of Berks
Skip navigation links
Berks County Departments
Police Departments
Fire Companies
Skip navigation links
Parks & Recreation Home
Antietam Lake Park
Berks County Parks
Calendar of Events
Contact Us
Employment Opportunities
Environmental Education
Festival & Special Events
Heritage Center
Industry Along the Creek
Interpretive & Outdoor Programs
Kid's Summer Series
Low-Mow Test Areas
Park Reservation Information
Resources for Teachers
Rules & Regulations
Stonecliffe Action Park
Parks Newsroom
Performing Arts in the Park
Volunteer Opportunities
Union Canal Towpath Trail
Berks County > County Departments > Parks and Recreation

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

Intro  | 1  |  2  |  3  |  4 5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |  10  |  11  |  12 

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.