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Waterford in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Waterways that Shaped a Nation

 
 
The Waterways that Shaped a Nation Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2018
1. The Waterways that Shaped a Nation Marker
Inscription.

You are standing in Waterford at the junction of two of New York State's largest rivers - the Hudson and the Mohawk. Here, the Erie Canal meets the Champlain Canal. From this place, you can travel by water to anywhere in the world!

The New York State Canal System includes the Erie Canal along with the connecting Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Operated by the New York State Canal Corporation, the canals and canalway trail are now actively used for recreational boating, fishing, walking, and biking.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the Hudson River National Heritage Area, and two state heritage areas converge here and help to promote, interpret, and revitalize communities along these historic waterways.

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The New York State Canal System threads its way through the state and links to other inland waterways and water routes along the eastern seaboard.

This ca. 1920 photograph, taken from Waterford looking eastward toward Lansingburgh, shows canal freight boats waiting to lock through. Note that the large factory building that appears in the far right of this image still appears in the two 2004 color photos below.

Today, recreational boaters line the docks in Waterford where canal freight boats once tied up.

The Port of

The Waterways that Shaped a Nation Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 20, 2018
2. The Waterways that Shaped a Nation Marker
Waterford Harbor Visitor Center in background
Waterford
 
Erected by New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 42° 47.244′ N, 73° 40.731′ W. Marker is in Waterford, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and Tugboat Alley, on the right when traveling south on 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker kiosk is on the Waterford Harbor Visitor Center grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford NY 12188, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Waterford (within shouting distance of this marker); Button Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Breastworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Water Ford (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Water Ford (approx. 0.2 miles away); An Urban Refuge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Native American & 17th-century History of Peebles Island (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peebles Island in the 18th-20th Centuries (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waterford.
 
Also see . . .
1. Waterford Harbor Visitor Center. (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Photo on The Waterways that Shaped a Nation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Canal Society of New York State, circa 1920
3. Photo on The Waterways that Shaped a Nation Marker

3. Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. New York State Canal System. (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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