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Colonie in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Weighlock Building

1850-1915

 
 
The Weighlock Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 17, 2011
1. The Weighlock Building Marker
Inscription. This Greek-revival building was one of several weigh stations along the Canal used to levy the tolls for barges carrying merchandise and farm goods.

Until 1850 freight cargoes were measured by the displacement theory, but this hydraulic type worked with scales rather than displacement. After a boat entered the lock and came to rest on a wooden cradle, certain rods transferred the weight along a series of levers to the beam of the scales inside the Weighlock building. The Weigh Master moved a center balancing weight along the beam which determined the weight of the loaded boat.

The Weighlock was no longer needed in the late 1800's because the State abolished tolls in order to compete with the railroads.
 
Erected 1983 by Town of Colonie.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 42° 44.206′ N, 73° 42.013′ W. Marker is in Colonie, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue (New York State Route 32) north of 26th Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Maplewood Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Watervliet NY 12189, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
The Weighlock Building Marker with Remains Beyond image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 17, 2011
2. The Weighlock Building Marker with Remains Beyond
this marker. Maplewood Historic Park (a few steps from this marker); Erie Canal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mayor James F. Cavanaugh (approx. 0.4 miles away); T'was The Night Before Christmas (approx. half a mile away); Locking Through (approx. half a mile away); Uncle Sam Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Rescue of Charles Nalle (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Nalle Rescue (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Erie Canal - West Troy Weighlock. (Submitted on March 19, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. Weigh Lock House at West Troy. (Submitted on March 19, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
3. Historic Photo of the West Troy (Watervliet) Weighlock. The New York State Museum Canal Society Collection of the Erie Canal. (Submitted on March 19, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.) 
 
Additional keywords. West Troy Weighlock Weigh Lock Watervliet Erie Canal Historic Marker Maplewood Colonie
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
The Weighlock Building Remains image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 2, 2006
3. The Weighlock Building Remains
The Weighlock Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 16, 2011
4. The Weighlock Building Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 791 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   4. submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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