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

The Erie Canal

Historic New York

The Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 16, 2015
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 363-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 1961 by New York State Education Department, New York State Department of Public Works
Westward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 16, 2015
2. Westward
Approaching the marker from the parking lot. Marker is at an abandoned section of the older Erie Canal.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal, and the Historic New York marker series.
Location. 43° 2.59′ N, 76° 34.564′ W. Marker is in Brutus, New York, in Cayuga County. Marker is at the intersection of New York State Route 31 and West Brutus Street, on the right when traveling east on State Route 31. Click for map. Marker is at a parking area parallel to NY Route 31 and across from West Brutus Street. Marker is in this post office area: Weedsport NY 13166, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Erie Canal (a few steps from this marker); The Boom Years (a few steps from this marker); Conduit For Ideas (a few steps from this marker); God's Acre (approx. 0.6 miles away); Weed's Basin (approx. mile away); Town of Brutus (approx. mile away); Firehouse (approx. 0.8 miles away); William McCreedy (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Brutus.
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on , by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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