As long as the canal prospered, so did Weissport. The primary boat yard for the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co. was located at Weissport. Both sides of the canal became a bustling manufacturing complex. Included were a planning mill, blacksmith shop and covered dry dock. A boiler house with a steam engine belching smoke and a mule powered railway for hauling boats out of the water.
Also, early Weissport offered storage sheds for metal and lumber and mules, literally hundreds of mules filled nearby stables. Weissport had 3 general stores and two coal yards. Nearly everyone in Weissport depended on the canal and the canal depended on the town. More than 8 out of 10 canal employees, except for lock tenders and boatmen, lived in or near Weissport.