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Rediscovering a Lost Public Highway: The Aramingo Canal 1847 - 1902

Archaeological investigations of the Aramingo Canal were conducted on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in 2007 and 2008, before the construction of new traffic ramps at the Girard Avenue interchange. Site excavations focused on uncovering and documenting the canal at the place where the old Norris Street bridge once crossed over its waters. At this location, archaeologists discovered extremely well preserved, intact sections of the canal’s timber sidewalls at a depth of 8 feet below the present ground surface.
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