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Fonda in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Erie Canal

A 19th-Century World Wonder

 
 
The Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, February 9, 2019
1. The Erie Canal Marker
Inscription.  A Natural Advantage
The Erie Canal was built by taking advantage of a path carved by nature through the eastern Appalachian Mountains. Construction on the Erie Canal began in Rome, New York, on July 4, 1817, and it opened in Buffalo in 1825.

Right Inset:

Clinton's Big Ditch

As one of the greatest champions of the canal, Governor Dewitt Clinton presided over a "Wedding of the Waters” ceremony soon after the waterway opened. Critics of the Erie Canal, soon proved wrong, had called the canal “Clinton's Big Ditch."

Left Inset

A Vision From Behind Bars

While serving a 20-month prison sentence for bankruptcy, Jesse Hawley, a New York flour merchant, wrote a series of essays in 1807 that proved hugely influential to the creation of the canal.

Nearby attractions:

Canastota Canal Town Museum
Erie Canalway Trail
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

 
Erected by Path Through History/I Love NY.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.

The Mohawk Valley Welcome Center image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, March 9, 2019
2. The Mohawk Valley Welcome Center
Center has a series of 6-8 signs explaining the Erie Canal and Mohawk Valley. The Mohawk River is straight ahead and flows toward the right of the picture
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In addition, it is included in the Erie Canal series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1817.
 
Location. 42° 54.981′ N, 74° 26.841′ W. Marker is in Fonda, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from NY Thruway (Interstate 90) when traveling west. Marker is in the Mohawk Valley Welcome Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fonda NY 12068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mohawk Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Mohawk Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); History of the Buoy Boat (within shouting distance of this marker); Transportation is King / Modernization (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Then and Now (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fonda.
 
More about this marker. There are several other markers in this area
 
The Mohawk Valley Welcome Center image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, March 9, 2019
3. The Mohawk Valley Welcome Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 9, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
 
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Jan. 28, 2022