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The Mules
History of the Miles of Mules Project
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Miles of Mules was a wonderful public art project designed to couple the beauty of art with the richness of history along the Delaware and Lehigh canals. Miles of Mules was an idea started by the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, which celebrates the history and beauty of Luzerne, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Bucks Counties. Here, anthracite coal was first discovered, mined, and transported by the canal system, with mules providing the locomotive power. Just prior to the Civil War, over 3,000 mule-drawn boats traveled up and down the Delaware Canal, moving over one million tons of coal a year. For more information about mules, visit the Friends of the Delaware Canal website.

The Miles of Mules project was expanded through partners: the Cultural Council of Luzerne County in Wilkes Barre, the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, and the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. These encompassed the northern, central, and southern regions of the project.

The Theme Factory in Philadelphia produced the first four prototype mules in July, 2002 in two poses: standing and stubbornly sitting. A total of 175 mules were produced and painted, and located throughout the region. In time, many of the mules were moved, some were damaged or destroyed, and 45 of the mules were auctioned to the public in October 2003.

To celebrate the tenth birthday of the first four mules in July of 2012, we've begun the effort of trying to locate as many of the mules as we can. Many still appear on public places, some outdoors in private locations, and some out-of-view in private areas. We've started photographing and locating as many as we can, and we'd like to ask the public to help in this effort to find our lost mules.

Noted art teacher Angie Mikula (daughter and sister of the webmasters) created "By the Light of the Silvery Mule", sponsored by the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance (DBCA), The Community Conservatory of Music, Heritage Towers, and Whitney Photography. Her description was: "A young girl whispers her wish for a land of castles into the mule's ear. On it's other side her wish is granted, and the streets of her hometown are transformed." Angie also held a class at the Community Conservatory of Music where young children painted miniature versions of the mules. The mule graced the corner of State and Main Streets for many months prior to the auction.

As a proud father and sister, we present below some of the stages of the mule's creation, as well as the children's creations.

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Ana Maria Jones is a licensed Realtor based at Robert G. Gavin Realtors, serving Bucks County, PA. For Ana, it?s never about simply buying or selling homes. With her knowledge and strong relationships, Ana aims to help you relocate. She wants to get you comfortably and conveniently from point A to point B. To do that, she draws upon years of experience and relationships with other companies, such as those offering moving and storage. In fact, when you buy and sell a home with Ana, she gives you moving and storage services as a housewarming gift! If you only do one or the other, Ana is happy to offer you these services at a discount.

The Doylestown Rock Gym & Adventure Center is the premiere indoor rock climbing gym and adventure facility in the north Philadelphia and Bucks County areas.  Offering over 12,000 square feet of indoor rock climbing, the facility is suitable for rock climbers of all ages and abilities.  You can also find a variety of services such as birthday parties, climbing lessons, summer camps, teambuilding programs, OUTDOOR climbing trips and much more.

Kinder Works preschool offers a loving and caring learning environment for Preschoolers and Kindergartners. With a staff of certified teachers, Kinder Works is fully accredited by the Department of Public Welfare and Department of Education. Full and Part-time schedules are available. For summer fun, check out our Camp Kinder Works!

The Barn Nature Center offers tours, birthday parties, and events to the Bucks County Community. We offer a setting where children can learn about, pet, play with, and interact with a wide variety of animals, including reptiles, birds, amphibians, mammals, fish, and bugs! Where else can you hold a madagascar hissing cockroach, hand-feed parakeets and cockatiels, take a picture with an 11 ft snake, feed our 100 lb Sulcata Tortoise, or pet rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, or ferrets? We offer something for everybody! We offer daily tours to the public as well as larger events, including, but not limited to: birthday parties, field trips, school trips, Scouts events, etc.  We also have a rock climbing facility on-site that can be added to party packages or booked as a stand-alone event. The rock climbing area has a number of climbs for beginners to more advanced climbs for climbing enthusiasts. With over 30 foot walls, angled and tiered walls, there is something for everyone. We also have a game room, with pool, foosball, air hockey, etc. that can be utilized before or after rock climbing.

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