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Union Canal Towpath Trail
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Union Canal Bicycle & Walking Trail
Stop 9: Lock No. 48 E.

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Union Canal Trail

This is the site of lock No. 48 E. Union Canal locks either lifted or lowered barges by water a difference of five feet in elevation. The property adjacent to the lock was owned by the Machemer family (1830). In 1846, Captain Machemer operated the Union Canal barge named the "Citizen" which transported cargo from Van Reed's Mill (Stop 10) to Reading.

The locktender's home, a 1 1/2 story frame building with ornate wooden trim, was located at the lock adjacent to the towpath, as indicated by the foundation stones on the ground.

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