Pennsylvania Canal Guard Lock

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The ruins of the original Raystown Dam, the Raystown Guard Lock and feeder canal remain at this location on the Juniata River just below the confluence with the Raystown Branch, two miles east of the Borough of Huntingdon.

The dam was built across the Juniata, using the island as part of it. The guard lock and feeder canal run parallel to the Juniata River. The guard lock was constructed in 1831. It is 90 feet long, eight feet high, and 15 feet wide. The feeder canal extends 0.9 miles from the end of the lock to the canal proper.

The purpose of the dam and feeder was to maintain the proper level of water in the Pennsylvania Canal, replacing water lost due to leaks and evaporation. It also permitted boats built on Standing Stone Creek to enter the canal. – Lawrence McMillen

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    1. okay, off topic but

      Why does mountain dew only offer Baja Blast at taco bell?! this is one of my favorites drink, yet i forget about until i walk into a taco bell, which is rare, about once every 2 months. Everytime i walk into a taco bell, its like a OOOO shit son, baja blast!! FUCK YEA! this tastes similar to pepsi blue, which is a kick ass drink that everybody loved, so they had to discontinue… wtf? anybody?


    2. oh yeah, i went to taco bell today


    3. lol, my fiancee wants to know the very same thing, it’s her favorite and whenever we get the chance we have to go to TB just for that.

      …anyways, that’s an interesting bit of info. My only question is: why is it a ruin? What’s the story there? I’d be more interested in that bit of info myself. That’s just me though, I have an interest in ruins, relics, and antiques.


    4. artfreakwiu: Pennsylvania has a large number of ruins, so to speak throughout the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania developed an extensive canal network (many of which were later paralleled and replaced with railroads), as a key part of its infrastructure.

      If you have an interest in history & nature Pennsylvania would be a consideration to visit. Key to the winning of every major war in United States History & the founding & preservation of the nation, it was several notable battle fields. A key center during the industrial revolution, it has a number of canals & railroads which have now been converted into bike/hiking/ RV/snow-mobile/horse riding paths. Nature is well preserved here, and some of the views are stunning year round. Bed & breakfasts are common.


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