Syracuse in Onondaga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Gateway to the World
It opened America's midwestern heartland to European immigrants entering New York Harbor. The Weighlock Building, the only one remaining in the world, was built in 1850 to weigh canal boats at the junction of the Erie and Oswego Canals.
Locktenders at 83 liftlocks and 7 weighlocks worked around the clock serving canallers, passing on the news to travelers, and selling provisions. Their gardens included kitchen produce, apothecary herbs, and flowers.
The garden to your right is typical of those found along the canal. It was created by the Syracuse Garden Club, with generous support from Pass & Seymour/Legrand Corporation, in 1971. The Syracuse Garden Club's design for the locktender's garden received national recognition from the Garden Club of America.
Location. 43° 3.036′ N, 76° 8.942′ W. Marker is in Syracuse, New York, in Onondaga County. Marker is on East Water Street just east of Montgomery Street, on Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse NY 13202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Why a Weighlock? (here, next to this marker); Gardening Along the Erie Canal (a few steps from this marker); Erie Boulevard Was Once the Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); How Much Does a Canal Boat Weigh? (within shouting distance of this marker); Pitts Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Locks (within shouting distance of this marker); Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Double Enders (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Syracuse.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Erie Canal Weighlock
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
More. Search the internet for Gateway to the World.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.