Welcome to Seneca Falls
The Seneca River—the Cayuga Indians called it "Sha-Se-On-Se" or "Swift Waters". In Seneca Falls the Seneca River was a winding, rapid-filled waterway that became an important carrying place on the route from Albany to Geneva and on to the western territories. Early white settlers first built crude shelters in the area known as the "Flats", a low-lying spot now submerged beneath the waters of Van Cleef Lake.
Soon, as entrepreneurs recognized the waterpower potential of the falls of the Seneca River, thriving milling industries began. In the early 1800's a small canal was built next to the river, bypassing the falls. Beginning in 1825 this channel, known as the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, was expanded and connected to the much larger Erie Canal. This link opened national markets to products made in Seneca Falls.
In 1915, much of Seneca Falls' industrial landscape was altered forever by the merging of the canal and the river as part of a project to rebuild the Erie and Barge canal system. The original falls were submerged beneath the new waterway, leaving only the name, Seneca Falls, as a reminder of the power of the Seneca River.
Today, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal is an important recreational resource, linking Cayuga Lake, Seneca Lake, and the Erie Canal as part of the New York State Canal System. Locks 2 & 3 have a combined
Erected by the New York State Canal Corporation and Others.
Location. 42° 54.84′ N, 76° 47.254′ W. Marker is in Seneca Falls, New York, in Seneca County. Touch for map. Marker is at the public entrance to Cayuga-Seneca Canal Locks 2 & 3, about 500 feet NE of the intersection of Washington and Seneca Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Seneca Falls NY 13148, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stanton's Busy World (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chamberlain House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stanton's Grassmere (about 500 feet away); Elizabeth Cady Stanton (about 600 feet away); We Will Accomplish Wonders (about 600 feet away); The Stanton House: Shaping a Reformer (about 600 feet away); Fourth Ward School (approx. ¼ mile away); Captain Charles B. Randolph (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seneca Falls.
Also see . . .
1. Historic Seneca Falls, NY. (Submitted on June 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Cayuga-Seneca Canal. (Submitted on June 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Cayuga-Seneca Canal (Submitted on June 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Cayuga-Seneca Canal (Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor). (Submitted on June 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.