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Erie in Erie County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Erie Extension Canal

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 13, 2018
1. The Erie Extension Canal Marker
Inscription.  Erie's maritime economy spread west along the waterfront when State Street was extended creating the east and west basins, the Public Dock was developed and the Reed family moved its operation to the Sassafras Street Dock below. In 1841 a canal to Pittsburgh opened using water from Lee's Run, a creek which flowed down the bluffs near here. The mouth of Lee's Run was the site of one of Erie's early Naval shipyards, canal boats ascended this hill using a system of locks and were towed to a terminal on West Eighth Street before they moved south through the city.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1841.
 
Location. 42° 7.978′ N, 80° 5.575′ W. Marker is in Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker is on Bayfront Promenade west of Sassafras Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 340 Bayfront Promenade, Erie PA 16507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ariel, Porcupine, Scorpion and Tigress (here, next to this marker); Dobbins Lane (approx. ¼ mile away); Canal Basin
The Erie Extension Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 13, 2018
2. The Erie Extension Canal Marker
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(approx. ¼ mile away); Freshwater Fishing Capital (approx. 0.3 miles away); Industrial Erie (approx. 0.3 miles away); Captain Daniel Dobbins (approx. 0.3 miles away); This Public Pier is Dedicated to (approx. 0.3 miles away); Horace Greeley (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erie.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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