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Enlarging the Erie Canal

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

 
 
Enlarging the Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2019
1. Enlarging the Erie Canal Marker
Inscription.  Its immediate success on opening from Albany to Buffalo in 1825 soon led to calls to enlarge the canal. From 1836 to 1862 the canal was deepened from 4 feet to 7 feet, with bigger locks and aqueducts, and canal boats grew threefold in capacity from 70 tons to 240 tons. There were further incremental improvements in the 1870s and 1890s, like the 1898 channel widening shown here.

The New York State Barge Canal, built between 1905 and 1918, bypassed this part of the Erie. Canal boats still called at Canastota into the mid-1920s, when low spans and culverts replaced high bridges and lift bridges, blocking commercial canal traffic. Here the 19th-century channel still carries water from upland reservoirs in Madison and Onondaga counties to supplement the flow of the operating 21st-century canal.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 43° 4.764′ N, 75° 45.127′ W. Marker is in Canastota, New York, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Canal Street (County Route 76)
Enlarging the Erie Canal Marker<br>(<i>wide view looking west  Canal Street on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2019
2. Enlarging the Erie Canal Marker
(wide view looking west Canal Street on right)
and Commerce Street, on the left when traveling west on Canal Street. Marker is located near the southwest corner of the intersection, overlooking a former section of the Erie Canal now known as Pools Brook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Canastota NY 13032, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canal Town (within shouting distance of this marker); Peterboro Street Lift Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Reuben Perkins (within shouting distance of this marker); Industrial Growth / Canalway Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bruce Opera House (about 300 feet away); Lewis Adamo (about 500 feet away); Great Auto Race (about 700 feet away); Carmen Basilio (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canastota.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Erie Canal in Canastota, New York
 
Also see . . .  The Economic History of the Erie Canal. In 1895 a second enlargement program for the Erie Canal was initiated. It called for a deepening of the canal to nine feet and was known as The Nine Million Dollar Improvement. But work on this second enlargement program was stopped in 1898 due to a lack of funds. The canals were losing the transport business to railroads because of the superior service which the railroads provided. The railroads
Pools Brook (left) & Canal Street (right)<br>(<i>view northwest from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2019
3. Pools Brook (left) & Canal Street (right)
(view northwest from marker)
were faster and operated year around while the canals were out of service for five months of the year due to their being frozen. (Submitted on September 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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