A Towpath Tale


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Donovan Shilling. A Towpath Tale is a vibrant fictional account of the adventures of Joshua Ford, a young mule driver on the old Erie Canal during the canal season of 1884. Joshua, a thirteen year old, runs away to join the circus, but instead soon discovers the perils and rewards of working on the Erie Canal. He eventually copes with his new life while on the towpath and aboard the freight boat called the Rough & Ready with some of the Erie’s most colorful characters. A series of canal-inspired escapades befall Joshua, some comical, some unusual and one… devastating! The tale also provides a delightful history of the Erie Canal in a manner easily understood and enjoyed by readers as they discover a whole canal boat load of information about life on the Grand Erie Canal! Pancoast Concern, 2010