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Chenango Forks in Broome County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Chenango Canal

 
 
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By Scott J. Payne, April 30, 2016
1. The Chenango Canal Marker
Inscription. The Chenango Canal was part of a vast network of canals that connected New York State's cities with the Great Lakes, the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean. Opened for navigation on May 6, 1837, the Chenango Canal carried people between the Erie Canal at Utica and the Susquehanna River at Binghamton. The Chenango Canal encouraged development of industries and the creation of communities like Chenango Forks along its course. It provided inexpensive transportation for the regions residents and access to distant markets.

The Chenango Canal was one of the "lateral" canals that branched off the hugely successful Erie Canal completed 12 years earlier. Like most of the other lateral canals, the Chenango Canal never made enough money to pay for its maintenance and was officially closed in 1878.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chenango Canal marker series.
 
Location. 42° 12.309′ N, 75° 50.274′ W. Marker is in Chenango Forks, New York, in Broome County. Marker is on River Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chenango Forks NY 13746, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lock 107 (approx. 2.5 miles away); a different marker also named Chenango Canal

The Chenango Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott J. Payne, April 30, 2016
2. The Chenango Canal Marker
Looking southwest toward the Chenango River.
(approx. 3.1 miles away); Indian Castle (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Quinn Farm (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Bevier-Wright House (approx. 5.5 miles away); Historic North Side-Bingham's Patent (approx. 7.1 miles away); Historic North Side-The Chenango Canal (approx. 7.3 miles away); a different marker also named Chenango Canal (approx. 7.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
The Chenango Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott J. Payne, April 30, 2016
3. The Chenango Canal Marker
Looking northwest toward the Chenango River.
The Chenango Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott J. Payne, April 30, 2016
4. The Chenango Canal Marker
Although the marker makes no reference to it this structure continues its original purpose by allowing water to pass under the road where there once was a canal. The aqueduct under the road was built by Irish stone masons to carry the Chenango Canal over the outflow from Chenango Lake. A concrete plug has been placed inside the stone arch to prevent any further crumbling.
The Chenango Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott J. Payne, April 30, 2016
5. The Chenango Canal Marker
The canal bed is directly below this Chenango Valley State Park road. View is looking south.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Scott J. Payne of Deposit, New York. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Scott J. Payne of Deposit, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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