Port Byron in Cayuga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Port Byron's Lock 52
The 11-foot lift at Lock 52 made it one of the deepest locks on the Enlarged Erie Canal. It was also one of only five locks on the Enlarged Canal where eastbound boats were raised rather than lowered. The lower (western) end of Lock 52 was the easternmost point to which water from Lake Erie flowed in the Enlarged Erie Canal.
In 1918, the current Canal System opened bypassing Port Byron and Lock 52 on a new alignment several miles to the north. Left behind was the impressive stone structure of Lock 52, a reminder of the bygone era of the Enlarged Erie Canal.
Erected 2016 by New York State Thruway Authority / Canal Corporation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
Location. 43° 2.201′ N, 76° 38.189′ W. Marker is in Port Byron, New York, in Cayuga County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 90. Touch for map. Thge marker is within the Erie Canal Heritage, an historical interpretive site / rest area off eastbound Interstate 90. Marker is in this post office area: Port Byron NY 13140, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Erie Canal in Port Byron (within shouting distance of this marker); Tanner's Dry Dock (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Erie House (about 600 feet away); Blacksmith Shop and Mule Shed (about 700 feet away); Glaciers, Drumlins, and High Level Lakes (about 800 feet away); Henry Wells (approx. ¼ mile away); Brigham Young (approx. 0.7 miles away); Port Byron (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Byron.
More about this marker. No restrooms or concessions at the park.
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 22, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 26, 2017, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.