“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Canastota in Madison County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Erie Canal

Historic New York

The Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
1. The Erie Canal Marker
Inscription. Construction of the Erie Canal was hailed as the greatest engineering accomplishment to that time. Under the leadership of Governor De Witt Clinton, construction began July 4, 1817. With little technical knowledge, thousands of workers surveyed, blasted and dug a 365-mile canal across the State. They hewed through solid rock and dug in marshes; they erected aqueducts to carry the canal over rivers and valleys; and they built 83 locks to take the canal over changes in ground level. When completed in October, 1825. the Erie connected Albany and Buffalo and became the main route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.

Passenger and freight barges crowded the canal. Western New York flourished with new, cheap transportation. The Erie Canal also hastened development of the Mid-West. Success of the Erie stimulated enlargement of the original canal in the 1840's and construction of additional canals. More than 500 miles of canals connected the Erie to other sections of New York State. After the 1870's, canal transportation declined and many canals closed. The Erie was modernized in 1918 as part of the State Barge Canal System consisting of the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca Canals.
Erected 1963 by State Education Department.
Marker series.
Looking back at the approach from Thruway exit image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
2. Looking back at the approach from Thruway exit
This marker is included in the Erie Canal, and the Historic New York marker series.
Location. 43° 5.75′ N, 75° 50.513′ W. Marker is in Canastota, New York, in Madison County. Marker is on NYS Thruway (U.S. 90) 4 miles west of N Peterboro Street (New York State Route 13). Click for map. Marker is at a Thruway Rest area and faces away from the Thruway. Marker is in this post office area: Canastota NY 13032, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canaseraga (approx. 2.9 miles away); Congregational Church - 1814 (approx. 4.2 miles away); Amelia Earhart (approx. 4.3 miles away); Carmen Basilio (approx. 4.5 miles away); Great Auto Race (approx. 4.7 miles away); Grave of Capt. Adj. George Marsden (approx. 9.3 miles away); Grover Cleveland (approx. 9.5 miles away); Temperance House (approx. 9.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Canastota.
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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