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The Conestoga River: A History


In this 2021 release, learn about the history of Lancaster County’s historic waterway, the Conestoga River. From providing sustenance and transportation to Native American peoples and European settlers to busy Victorian-era industry, readers will learn about the historic waterway and attempts today to restore it. Written and photographed by Donald Kautz. Foreword by Steven Nolt.

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Lancaster’s Historic Waterway

Book excerpt:

The Conestoga River meanders for sixty miles through the fertile farmlands of Lancaster County. From early Native American inhabitants to the European settlers who made the Conestoga Valley their home, the river has provided sustenance and transportation for generations. Victorian-era resorts and hotels were built along the river, providing new recreational activities as steam power drove innovative forms of transportation. As the region developed and the population grew, the river paid a heavy price in increased pollution from sewage runoff and industry. Conservation efforts toward the end of the twentieth century through the present day have restored the river’s beauty and recreational reputation. Join author and photographer Donald Kautz as he takes a journey on the historic waters of the Conestoga River. 

Softcover book. Published in 2021 by The History Press, Charleston, South Carolina.

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Weight 13.6 oz
Dimensions 8.75 × 5.75 × .25 in

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