Fort Hunter in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
—State Historic Site —
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site was established in 1966 to honor the great contributions of the Erie Canal to the growth of both New York State and the entire nation. Schoharie Crossing is dedicated to protecting the many remaining structures that represent the Erie Canal's three major eras of operation.
The original Erie Canal, completed in 1825, was 363 miles long. It had 83 locks, with a boat channel 40 feet wide by 4 feet deep. Lock 20 and the East Guard Lock date from the canal's first stage. Beginning in 1835, the erie Canal was widened to 70 feet and deepened to 7 feet, and 72 improved locks were constructed. The Schoharie Aqueduct, Empire lock, and Yankee Hill Lock were part of the second phase of the Erie Canal.
The third major phase of the Erie is the Barge Canal, still operating today. As a section of that canal, the Mohawk River is used to create a boat channel 200 feet wide by 14 feet deep. The "Erie Division" of the Barge Canal, which opened in the early years of the 20th century, is comprised of 35 locks, including Tribes Hill Lock 12.
Location. 42° 56.463′ N, 74° 17.064′ W. Marker is in Fort Hunter, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (County Route 27) and Schocharie Touch for map. This marker is on the site of the grounds of the Schoharie Crossing, State Historic Site, in an open field (that the Enlarged Erie Canal once ran through), adjacent to a park maintenance building. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Hunter NY 12069, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lock 30 (here, next to this marker); Once A Farm (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); In the Wake of Hurricane Irene (about 800 feet away); The Fort by the Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); Building Block of the Erie Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original Erie Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Queen Anne Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away); East Guard Lock (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Hunter.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 9, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.