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Old Erie Canal State Historic Park at Kirkville Road

 
 
Old Erie Canal State Historic Park at Kirkville Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2019
1. Old Erie Canal State Historic Park at Kirkville Road Marker
Inscription.  The Old Erie Canal State Historic Park is a 36-mile trail following the canal's towpath from DeWitt to Rome. This scenic trail passes through a variety of natural and cultural landscapes, including open farmland, dense woods, and old canal communities. Originally part of the Enlarged Erie Canal that ran from Albany to Buffalo, this section now serves as a feeder for the New York State Barge Canal.

The Enlarged Erie Canal
Workers began the construction of the original Erie Canal in 1817 on the flat Oneida Lake Plain between Syracuse and Rome. This section of the canal was known as the "Long Level" and did not require the construction of locks. Completed in 1825, the Erie Canal was an immediate commercial success.

Increasing traffic soon made it necessary to enlarge the canal. The "Enlarged Erie Canal" was finished in 1862 and was deeper, wider, and straighter than the original. In some places, the Enlarged Canal was built directly on top of the original. In other places, a new course was laid to eliminate unnecessary twists and turns. The New York State Barge Canal opened in 1918, and the "Enlarged Erie Canal" was
Marker detail: Map of New York State's canals (1859) image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Map of New York State's canals (1859)
The Erie Canal opened a water transportation route from the Hudson River to the Great Lakes and spurred the rapid settlement of previously remote parts of New York State.
abandoned.

Background photograph of Erie Canal ca.1890, courtesy of Fort Hunter Canal Society.
 
Location. 43° 4.198′ N, 75° 56.967′ W. Marker is in Kirkville, New York, in Onondaga County. Marker can be reached from Kirkville Road North 0.7 miles north of Green Lakes Road (New York State Route 290), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located on the south side of the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park parking lot, overlooking Pool's Brook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kirkville NY 13082, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pool's Brook (approx. one mile away); The Erie Canal - Canvass White (approx. 2.8 miles away); Deep Spring (approx. 3½ miles away); Fayetteville (approx. 3.6 miles away); Dry Docks: Canal Service Centers (approx. 4 miles away); Feeding the Canal (approx. 4 miles away); A Busy, Bustling Boatyard (approx. 4 miles away); A Cannery at the Crosswaters (approx. 4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  "Clinton's Ditch" Canal and the Enlarged Erie Canal. Proposed in 1808 and completed in 1825, the canal links the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east. An engineering marvel when it was built, some called it the Eighth Wonder of the World. In order to keep pace with
Marker detail: Kirkville Hotel image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the Onondaga Historical Association
3. Marker detail: Kirkville Hotel
View northwest across the canal, showing the Kirkville Hotel along the towpath. The hotel structure was demolished in 1974.
the growing demands of traffic, the Erie Canal was enlarged between 1836 and 1862. The "Enlarged Erie Canal" was 350.5 miles long, 7 feet deep and 70 feet wide, and could handle boats carrying 240 tons. The number of locks was reduced to 72. Most of the remaining traces of the Old Erie Canal are from the Enlarged Erie era. (Submitted on January 10, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Marker detail: Kirkville Hotel and Mosher’s Store image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the Onondaga Historical Association
4. Marker detail: Kirkville Hotel and Mosher’s Store
View northeast along the towpath in front of the Kirkville Hotel (far left) and Mosher’s Store (white building). The boat may be the steamer Becker, which ran between Syracuse and Canastota.
Marker detail: Nearby walkway map image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: Nearby walkway map
To accommodate new road alignments, you are temporarily leaving the historic route of the Old Erie Canal Towpath. The new walk rejoins the towpath across Kirkville Road in approximately 400 feet.
Old Erie Canal Marker • <i>wide view<br>(Old Erie Canal / Pool's Brook in background)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2019
6. Old Erie Canal Marker • wide view
(Old Erie Canal / Pool's Brook in background)
This marker is located on the east side of Kirkville Road.
Old Erie Canal Marker • <i>wide view<br>(Old Erie Canal / Pool's Brook in background)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2019
7. Old Erie Canal Marker • wide view
(Old Erie Canal / Pool's Brook in background)
This duplicate copy of the marker is located on the west side of Kirkville Road.
Old Erie Canal State Historic Park trails image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2019
8. Old Erie Canal State Historic Park trails
This former Erie Canal towpath segment is part of both
the Empire State Trail and the Erie Canalway Trail.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 10, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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