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Steamboat Building in Elizabeth, PA

A Journal of daily activities at the Elizabeth Marine Ways 1898 to 1925 

Lock 5 Brownsville

 

 

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Lock #5  Brownsville, PA


 

Lock 5 Brownsville, PA Circa 1930 from Elizabeth PA Steamboats on Vimeo.

 

This short video clip shows the Steamers VULCAN and YOUGHIOGHENY at Lock 5 circa 1930.  This clip is part of a movie taken during that time period about the Monongahela Railway with this clip of riverboats describing the competition for the railway.  This complete video is available at the Monongahela River, Railroad and Transportation Museum in Brownsville, PA   724-326-4489.

 

 

The original Lock 5 was located in the Denbo Area and built during 1854 to 1856.

Original Lock and Dam 5 at Denbo(1856-1909) from collection of Russ Morehouse  Original Lock 5 Postcard dated 1907 shows a boat in the lock  Postcard dated 1907 showing original  Lock 5

Lock 5 Denbo during Fall of 2015, photo taken by Jacob Spencer  

Color photo shows what remains of Lock 5 Denbo during Fall of 2015, photo taken by Jacob Spencer.

 

Construction of the "new" Lock 5 was during 1908 into 1909, the dam was located near the town of Brownsville.

 

Brownsville Lock 5 under construction December 1908

Lock 5 in Brownsville Under Construction

Lock 5 at Brownsville - Ray Christner

Lock #5 Brownsville

 

 Lock 5 in Brownsville. The  San Thomas Distillery is on the far bank.

 Similar view as previous photo, but some type of construction work taking place on wall.

Brownsville San Thompson Distillery

 

Photo showing Sam Thompson Brewery and Brownsville Dam

Lock # 5 Brownsville

Brownsville Lock 5    Looking at Town

 

 

From collection of Jacob Spencer   From collection of Jacob Spencer  added 12/2/15

These two photos taken during October and November of 1926 are from the collection of Jacob Spencer.  According to David Gratz of the Brownsville Historical Society they are showing the land wall of Lock 5 being extended upstream in the area of a railroad culvert which required a large opening.

 

Lock 5 Brownsville early 1930s from collection of Monongahela River Buffs Lock 5 Brownsville early 1930s from collection of Monongahela River Buffs  Brownsville Lock 5    

 

What this area looks like during Fall of 2015, photos taken by Jacob Spencer.

Old land wall of Lock 5 while boat is going towards Brownsville.  Old land wall of Lock 5 while boat is going away from Brownsville

Across river from Brownsville, Thompson Distillery building continues to dominate view.  Thompson Distillery red brick building    added 1/27/16

 

Additional views of Brownsville can be seen at:

Small Town Views  Brownsville

Brownsville Bridges

Brownsville Packet Line

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