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The downfall of the Lehigh Navigation

In 1962, the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company began to sell off the canal to municipalities along the route. The canal was restored in Weissport, Walnutport, Freemansburg, Easton, and between Bethlehem and Allentown (Zagolsky, 1997). It is presently used for recreational purposes. On any given day, one can find various fisherman on the side of the canal waiting for a fish to bite their line. Runners and bikers have also taken advantage of the towpath, taking time off from their days to jog or bike under the beautiful trees along the Lehigh Canal. Rafters and canoers also enjoy a day out in the sun on the waters of the Lehigh River. Teachers have also taken advantage of both the canal and the river by having students sample water in the area.


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