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Posted 5/18/2012

Release no. 12-170


A new historical Marker will be unveiled today at 2 p.m. at the Lock and Dam 3 on the Monongahela River in Elizabeth, PA.

 

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and The US Army Corps of Engineers, the marker will highlight the historical significance of Monongahela River Navigation System.

 

Throughout history, the Monongahela Navigation River System has proved vital to the development of this region.

 

The marker reads as follow:

 

Monongahela River Navigation System

One of the nation’s earliest and most successful river navigation systems, its series of locks and dams, begun in 1838, has provided year-round navigation between Pittsburgh and Fairmont, WV. Millions of tons of coal shipped through the locks supplied Pennsylvanian’s important coke, iron, and steel industries. Acquired by the federal government in 1897, the system has been expanded and modernized by the Army Corps of Engineers

 

 

For media inquiries, contact the Public Affairs Office at 412-395-7500 or email: celrp-pa@usace.army.mil.