The Champlain Canal
Throughout history the corridor along Lake Champlain and the Hudson River has been a transportation route of significant strategic and commercial importance. In pre-colonial times it was an important Native American trail. After the arrival of Europeans to this area in the early seventeenth century, the Champlain - Hudson corridor became an important fur-trading route. The route was again strategic during the French and Indian War and American Revolution.
The Champlain - Hudson corridor was therefore already of considerable importance when canal planning began in the late eighteenth century. In 1792 the Inland Lock and Navigation Company was chartered to develop a water connection between the Hudson River near Fort Edward and the north flowing Wood Creek, approximately five miles to the northeast. The company was also charged with improving navigation on the Hudson River south of Fort Edward. While the enterprise was not successful, new efforts to connect the Hudson River with Lake Champlain were to follow.
Construction of the Champlain Canal began in 1817 along with the Erie Canal. After enduring numerous design changes the Fort
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Barges docked at Whitehall's busy Canal waterfront, ca. 1900.
Wide angle photo of Wood Creek and Canal, ca. 1900
Erected by New York State Canals.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 43° 33.128′ N, 73° 24.16′ W. Marker is in Whitehall, New York, in Washington County. Marker is on Skenesborough Drive, on the right when traveling north. Marker is near the entrance to the waterfront amphitheater. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Whitehall NY 12887, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S.S. Ticonderoga (within shouting distance of this marker); Whitehall (about 400 feet away, measured
Also see . . .
1. Champlain Canal. (Submitted on October 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Champlain Canal. (Submitted on October 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2017. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.