Fonda in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Erie Canal
Not Just Big.
New York State Big
Numbers Tell the Tale
The Erie Canal originally spanned 363 miles and was 40 feet wide and 4 feet deep. It was largely built by farmers and finished by immigrants, with not a single trained engineer among them and without any mechanized equipment.
Saving Time and Money Since 1825
A bumpy two-week ride from Albany to Buffalo could now be made in just five days. Plus, the price of shipping freight dropped by more than 90% — from roughly $100 a ton to less than $6 a ton.
How Much For The Canal?
The cost of building the original canal was $7.1 million, which would be in the billions today. And the going rate for the laborers who built the canal? Between 80 cents to one dollar a day.
R. Lee White Maritime Museum — Oswego
Overlooking Oswego Harbor, this museum features 400 years of Oswego County's maritime heritage, including a 1925 New York State canal boat.
Boonville Black River Canal — Boonville
This museum explores the 77-mile-long canal, an engineering marvel of the 19th century with 109 locks.
Located in what was once known as the "Queen of the Canal Towns,” this complex features five museums including an authentic canal-era general store.
Erected by Pathway Through History, I Love NY.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
Location. 42° 55.023′ N, 74° 26.764′ W. Marker is in Fonda, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from NY Thruway (Interstate 90), on the right 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. A different marker also named The Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Dam. That's Not a Bridge? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mohawk Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Mohawk Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); Transportation is King / Modernization (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Bollards (within shouting The Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fonda.
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 12, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 12, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.