Rotterdam in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Enlarged Lock 23
Enlarging the canal became imperative by the mid-1830's after user demand outstripped the capacity of the first Erie Canal. The Enlarged Erie Canal deepened the canal prism from four to seven feet and widened it from forty to seventy feet for accommodating larger and heavier barges. Single-chambered locks were replaced by double-chambered locks allowing barges to pass in the either direction at the same time. One of the two locks here was lengthened again in 1889 to provide greater capacity, although by then the Canal was losing customers and volume to a railroad system that had been expanding since the Civil War.
Today, Lock 23 is a relic, replaced in 1918 by Lock 8 of the modern Erie Canal which employed the current technology of the early 20th century: electricified locks, steel lock gates and a 12-foot deep prism servicing mechanized barges of up to 3000 tons.
Erected by Schenectady County & NYS Canal Corporation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
Location. 42° 49.334′ N, 73° 59.237′ Click for map. Marker is beside the Mohawk Hudson Bike-Hike Trail, a.k.a The Bike Trail, near the intersection of Rice Road and Schermerhorn Road. . Marker is in this post office area: Schenectady NY 12306, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 23 (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Allen Deitcher (approx. 0.7 miles away); Maalwyck (approx. 0.8 miles away); Vedder Family Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); George S. Haswell III (approx. 1.8 miles away); Gateway Landing (approx. 1.8 miles away); Home of Aaron Dickinson (approx. 2 miles away); John Glen House 1740 (approx. 2 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Rotterdam.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This former marker also covered the topic of the Enlarged Lock 23
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels •
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