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Rochester in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Is this the Erie Canal?

 
 
Is this the Erie Canal? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, April 6, 2019
1. Is this the Erie Canal? Marker
Inscription.  The canal below your feet was constructed as part of the NYS Barge Canal. Started in 1905 and completed in 1918, it widened older canal sections and built new waterways to accommodate larger barges. This was a new section that bypassed the original Erie Canal which went through downtown Rochester.

This section intersects directly with the Genesee River to the west - a river prone to dramatic flooding before the Mt. Morris dam was built in 1952, just south of Rochester.

The giant structures in front of you are guard locks. In the event of river flooding, the gates can be dropped down, closing off the canal and protecting it.

Today, the guard locks also enable the canal to be drained for repairs at the end of boating season without the river flowing in. Depending on when you are standing here, the gates may be open (in the “up” position) or closed.

So-what canal is this? Today we no longer refer to it as the Barge Canal. The historic name of the Erie Canal is now employed for the entire system of this artificially constructed waterway used for transportation and boating pleasure
 
Erected
Guard Gates image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, April 6, 2019
2. Guard Gates
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2015 by New York State Department of Transportation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Erie Canal series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1905.
 
Location. 43° 6.964′ N, 77° 37.971′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker is on Kendrick Road, on the right when traveling west. On the bridge over I-390. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14620, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Genesee Expressway (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lehigh Valley Railroad Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The Canalway Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp Hillhouse (approx. half a mile away); Curtis Point (approx. half a mile away); Clara Barton Red Cross Trail (approx. half a mile away); Bausch & Lomb Riverside Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); World War II (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 6, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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