MG 065 - Wierman, Thomas T. Collection

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Scope and Content

Includes: A U. S. Geological Survey Map of Harrisburg and the territory to the north; an undated research paper by Thomas T. Wierman, "The Passing of the Canal," which provides a history of the canals in Pennsylvania; a book of business papers and business correspondence from 1861-1893 which relate to the Pennsylvania Canal with toll sheets of rates by the various divisions of the canals and letters from Thomas T. Wierman and Thomas T. Wierman, Jr., both of whom appear to have been Chief Engineer of the Pennsylvania Canal Company in the late 1800's.


Thomas T. Wierman b. 1813, d. 1887 was a civil engineer who was involved in many public improvements in Pennsylvania. He was a civil engineer on the construction of the Pennsylvania railroad, the North Branch canal from Pittston to the state line, the Chemung canal which connected the water improvememnts of Pennsylvania with the New York State canals, the Barclay railroad in Towanda, Bradford County, and in 1857 he took charge of the Pennsylvania Canal, a position which he held until his death in 1887. His son Thomas T. Wierman, Jr. also served as chief engineer of the canal.

Date(s): 1861-1917

Extent: 2 folders, 3 items