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Chittenango in Madison County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Cannery at the Crosswaters

 
 
A Cannery at the Crosswaters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2019
1. A Cannery at the Crosswaters Marker
Background photo: Merrell-Soule Cannery where the Chittenango Canal meets the Erie Canal, courtesy of Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum.
Inscription.  The canal increased industry productivity. It quickly brought raw materials and workers to factories, and made shipping faster and cheaper than transporting over land. Some structures of the canal were even specially designed for multiple uses to further increase efficiency.

Form Following Function
Many structures of the canal were built to serve more than one purpose. The bridge pictured here accommodated both boat and towpath traffic underneath. Mules and drivers could continue through the intersection unhindered or use the bridge to cross Lakeport Road to the other side. The canal walls alongside the cannery were built straight with mooring rings to help dock boats while workers loaded and unloaded cargo.

Merrell-Soule Cannery
The stone walls you see across the canal are all that remain of the Merrell-Soule cannery. Workers at the factory canned vegetables from nearby farms and made vegetable powder for soups and pies. Corn, pumpkin, squash, peas and tomatoes were just some of the vegetables that the cannery processed. During the busy harvest season, the cannery employed many people. In 1892 over one million
Marker detail: Working at the Merrell-Soule Cannery (1907) image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
2. Marker detail: Working at the Merrell-Soule Cannery (1907)
cans of vegetables passed through the factory!

Working at the Cannery
As seen in this photo, taken in 1907, the cannery employed women as well as men. Later the cannery also used labor from German prisoner of war camps. These prisoners were housed at what is now Green Lakes State Park and often worked on farms in the area. Due to their fair treatment, many chose to stay in New York once WWII came to an end. Some even brought their families overseas from Germany.
 
Erected by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 43° 3.629′ N, 75° 52.284′ W. Marker is in Chittenango, New York, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Towpath Road just west of Lakeport Road, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located along the Erie Canalway Trail (Old Erie Canal State Park), overlooking Pool's Brook, (old Erie Canal), and the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 717 Lakeport Road, Chittenango NY 13037, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Busy, Bustling Boatyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Feeding the Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Dry Docks: Canal Service Centers (within shouting distance of this
A Cannery at the Crosswaters Marker • <i>wide view<br>(overlooking Merrell-Soule Cannery ruins)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2019
3. A Cannery at the Crosswaters Marker • wide view
(overlooking Merrell-Soule Cannery ruins)
marker); Lamplighters Cart (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lateral Canal (approx. 1.1 miles away); Canaseraga (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Erie Canal (approx. 2.9 miles away); Pool's Brook (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chittenango.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Chittenango Landing
 
Also see . . .  Chittenango Landing gets grant for former cannery site. The Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum has received a state grant to create a plan to convert the remains of the Merrill-Soule Canning Factory into a welcome area along the Erie Canal. The project will develop a plan for the ruins of the 19th century cannery building behind the museum’s present visitor center alongside the canal. This plan will incorporate the ruins into a welcome area for hikers, bikers, paddlers, and community members on the Old Erie Canal State Park’s trail. (Submitted on January 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
Merrell-Soule Cannery Ruins (<i>east side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2019
4. Merrell-Soule Cannery Ruins (east side)
Merrell-Soule Cannery Ruins (<i>northeast corner</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2019
5. Merrell-Soule Cannery Ruins (northeast corner)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 11, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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