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Unlock the Adventure

The Canalway Trail

 

—An Agricultural Highway —

 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 22, 2015
1. Unlock the Adventure Marker
Inscription. [east side] Welcome to the Canalway Trail System, offering hundreds of miles of scenic trails and numerous parks for walking, bicycling, cross country skiing and other recreational activities. The Canalway Trail parallels the New York State Canal System, comprised of four historic waterways: the Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca Canals. The Canal System spans 524 miles across New York State, linking the Hudson River with the [sic] Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes, the Niagara River and Lake Erie.

Cooperative initiatives between the New York State Canal Corporation, volunteers, local governments, and federal and state agencies have created this great network of trails for public use. When completed, the Canalway Trail will span over 500 miles connecting numerous cities, towns and villages along the Canal System, amking it one of the most extensive trail networks in the country.
George E. Pataki, Governor, New York State
Louis R. Tomson Chairman, New York State Canal Corporation

Enjoying the Canalway Trail: Safety Tips
The Canalway Trail is intended to accommodate a variety of users. It is important to extend courtesy to all trail users and respect their rights. In order to avoid conflicts, trail protocol dictates that bicyclists should yield the right-of-way
An Agricultural Highway image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 22, 2015
2. An Agricultural Highway
West side.
to all trail users and walkers should yield to equestrians. In addition, please observe the following tips for safe trail use:
• Stay to the right except when passing.
•Pass slower traffic on the left; yield to oncoming traffic when passing.
• Give a clear warning signal before passing.
• Keep all pets on a short leash.
• As a courtesy to trail neighbors, refrain from loitering near adjacent homes.
• When stopped, move off the trail to allow others to pass.
• Do not litter. Carry out what you carry in.

Hours of operation: The Trail is Open from Dawn to Dusk.
To Report an Emergency: Call 911

[west side] The Erie Canal traverses miles of lush farmland in upstate New York, aiding the growth of what was to become New York's largest industry, agriculture. The Erie Canal made it possible for Orleans County farmers to ship their produce to distant markets, making New York an important exporter of agricultural goods.

Produce shipped along the canal was packed in large wooden barrels made by tradesmen called coopers. The barrels were made with oak timber cut up into narrow pieces called staves and held together with hoops made from wood or iron. Knowlesvile was known as having the best coopers along the Erie Canal. In fact, Knowlesville barrels packed with apples were shipped as far as Africa! [caption]Loading apples
Detail - West Side image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 22, 2015
3. Detail - West Side
for shipment on the Erie Canal at Medina, ca. 1905. (Courtesy of the NYS Archives)

Knowlesville
Knowlesville was named after William Knowles, who was an early settler of this community. First housing only a warehouse and general store, this hamlet grew into a thriving community and an important stop along the Erie Canal. [caption] Knowlesville ca. 1900. (Courtesy of the NYS Archives)
 
Erected by New York State Canal Corporation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 43° 14.577′ N, 78° 18.625′ W. Marker is in Ridgeway, New York, in Orleans County. Marker is at the intersection of Knowelsville Road (County Route 4) and Portage Road, on the right when traveling north on Knowelsville Road. Click for map. Marker is by the north end of the Knowlesville Road lift bridge over the Erie Barge Canal, across the canal from the hamlet of Knowlesville. Marker is in this post office area: Medina NY 14103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1st Religious Society (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Medina Culvert (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Culvert Road (approx.
Detail - West Side image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 22, 2015
4. Detail - West Side
1.6 miles away); Millville 1815 (approx. 2.5 miles away); Burial Ground (approx. 3 miles away); Millville Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away); In Honor of Our Departed Comrades (approx. 3.9 miles away); Earliest Church (approx. 4.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ridgeway.
 
Also see . . .  Hiking and Biking the Canalway Trail - New York State Canals. (Submitted on March 28, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. AgricultureWaterways & Vessels
 
Westward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 22, 2015
5. Westward
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 22, 2015
6. Southward
Eastward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 22, 2015
7. Eastward
Canal and Lift Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 22, 2015
8. Canal and Lift Bridge
The canal is drained for the winter. A barge-platform is under the bridge. Construction barrels on the bridge presumably to limit the traffic load. Some construction material was placed nearby.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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