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Mule tours returning to historic Pa. town

August 26, 2009 5:24:42 AM PDT
Dolly, Joe, Daffodil and Dot will once again be towing sightseers in barges on the historic Delaware Canal. Mule team tours were a common sight for decades in New Hope, about 30 miles upriver from Philadelphia.

But since 2007, the mules have been out to pasture and the barges in storage following a series of floods that damaged the canal.

New Hope businessman George Fernandez has struck a deal with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to reinstate New Hope Historic Canal Rides.

The mules should be back at work in the spring.

From 1832 to 1931, mule-towed barges used the canal to haul anthracite coal from upstate to a point where the Delaware became navigable for ships.

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Information from: Bucks County Courier Times, http://www.phillyburbs.com


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