Watervliet in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected by Watervliet Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Notable Places • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Erie Canal series list.
Location. 42° 43.967′ N, 73° 42.065′ W. Marker is in Watervliet, New York, in Albany County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Avenue (New York State Route 32) and 23rd Street, on the right when traveling north on 2nd Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 23rd St, Watervliet NY 12189, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mayor James F. Cavanaugh (approx. ¼ mile away); The Weighlock Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Maplewood Historic Park (approx. ¼ mile away); The Nalle Rescue (approx. 0.3 miles away); U.S. Army 3 Inch M5 Antitank Gun (approx. 0.3 miles away); Peter J. DalessandroIn Memory of Those Who Served (approx. 0.4 miles away); T'was The Night Before Christmas (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watervliet.
Regarding Erie Canal. Construction of the Erie Canal began on July 4th, 1817, and the canal was officially opened on October 26, 1825. It was 363 miles long, from Albany to Buffalo with 83 locks and 18 aqueducts.
The question of where to locate the eastern terminal of the Erie Canal provoked great controversy between the cities of Albany and Troy. The route which was finally selected went from Schenectady to Cohoes and then south along the west bank of the Hudson River to Albany. This plan to have the last stretch of the canal terminate in Albany and thus by-pass the city of Troy absolutely infuriated the Troy business community.
In order to provide equally convenient access to the Erie Canal for Troy commerce and west-bound freight that did not need to stop at the Port of Albany, a short lateral canal was constructed to connect the City of West Troy (now Watervliet) with the tide waters of the Hudson River. This short cut (Side Cut) to the Erie Canal ran about where present day 23rd Street is.
Source: Amelia T. O'Shea (2006) "Canals of Albany County" Freehold, New York O'Shea ISBN# 1-57256-953-0
Additional keywords. Erie Canal Sidecut Side Cut Hudson River West Troy Watervliet
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