1840: Pennsylvania Act No. 212 of January 18, 1840, "An act to incorporate the Juniata Navigation Company" identifies Thomas C. Piper as a Commissioner of the Juniata Navigation Company. The company was "...for the purpose of making a canal and slack water navigation, from the mouth of the Raystown branch of the Juniata River, in Huntingdon county, to the bituminous coal region, near the mouth of Yellow Creek, in Bedford county, and for transacting the usual business of a navigation company."
Source: "Laws of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, passed at the session of 1840".
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