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Wedding of the Waters

The Completion of the Erie Canal

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
1. Wedding of the Waters Marker
Inscription. It was at this spot on the morning of October 26, 1825, that Governor DeWitt Clinton officially opened the waterway that transformed America. More than eight years had passed since he broke ground on the canal, and after 363 miles, the engineering marvel was finally finished.

Clinton stepped on board a packet boat, the Seneca Chief, which was bound for New York City on the symbolic first voyage along the canal. On board, two wooden kegs filled with Lake Erie water accompanied other symbolic Great Lakes cargo. Behind Clinton, a stately procession of canal boats followed in a celebratory parade.

In an extrordinary mural owned by the Niagara County Historical Society History Center, artist Raphael Beck immortalizes the canal opening festivities in his hometown of Lockport. The flight of five locks feature prominently at the center. Canal Opening Festivities, Lockport, Postcard. As the procession passed across New York State, citizens from town to town showed ther enthusiasm with parades, music, and cannon blasts. The canal opened trade from the Great Lakes to the Eastern Seaboard and Europe; with it came the promise of commerce and progress.

On November 4, the boats reached the end of the canal, at Albany. From there, steamboats escorted the Seneca Chief down the Hudson River to the New York City
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
2. Left Detail
Harbor. In a triumphant ceremony, Governor Clinton poured the Lake Erie water into the Atlantic, wedding the Great Lakes to the ocean.

All images are courtesy of the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society.

From a green keg with gilded hoops, Gov. DeWitt Clinton pours the waters from Lake Erie into the Atlantic Ocean. Wedding of the Waters Postcard. Keg Reproduction. Wood, metal. After a series of festivities, the Seneca Chief returned home to Buffalo on November 23. On board, an elaborately adorned keg marked "Neptune's Return to Pan" carried water from the Atlantic. In a less elaborate ceremony two days later, Judge Samuel Wilkeson poured the briny ocean water into Buffalo's harbor, completing the Wedding of the Waters.

Joseph Ellicott's preserved parchment invitiation welcoming him to the event. "Meeting of the Waters," invitation, September 29, 1826.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 42° 52.646′ N, 78° 52.767′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Marine Drive and Pearl Street. Click for map. Marker is at the east corner of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park Museum. It is at the north end of a pedestrian
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
3. Center Right Detail
bridge over the Commerical Slip. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo NY 14202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Wells Brown (here, next to this marker); God Honor and Country (within shouting distance of this marker); In Recognition of Long and Faithful Service (within shouting distance of this marker); 106th Field Artillery Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo Cavalry Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Dedicated to the Men of the 102nd Separate Battalion Coast Artillery Anti-Aircraft (within shouting distance of this marker); Rebirth & Renewal (within shouting distance of this marker); Harboring Hopes (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Also see . . .
1. DeWitt Clinton - Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 19, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Niagara County Historical Society Museum. (Submitted on June 19, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Erie Canal - Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 19, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
4. Lower Panel Text
Northward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
5. Northward
Marker at center facing right (east).
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
6. Westward
Next to the Commercial Slip leading to the Buffalo River.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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