Between 1831-1834, the Delaware and Raritan Canal was built to facilitate faster shipping of goods from Philadelphia and New York. This marker describes what it was like for the 3,000 Irishmen who worked on the canal, either as skilled or unskilled laborers. Some locals were hired to work on the project but there weren't enough men. As a result, contractors were sent to Ireland to recruit workers. Those who could not pay were allowed to work for a period of time, such as six months, to make up for the travel time. Workers were paid $1.00 per day, which was a decent amount at the time. However, working and living conditions were deplorable. Disease took its toll, especially between 1832-1833 when an epidemic of Asiatic cholera killed many workers. Despite these struggles, the 66-mile canal was completed, allowing for the faster transport of freight, most importantly coal from Pennsylvania to New York City. Today, many segments of the canal still exist including the one at this location, which is part of the Delaware and Raritan Canal Park Trail.