Watervliet in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hudson River. Locks called
Sidecut allowed entry to
Erected by Watervliet Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
Location. 42° 43.967′ N, 73° 42.065′ W. Marker is in Watervliet, New York, in Albany County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Avenue (New York State Route 32) and Twenty-Third Street, on the right when traveling north on 2nd Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Watervliet NY 12189, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mayor James F. Cavanaugh (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Weighlock Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Maplewood Historic Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Nalle Rescue (approx. 0.3 miles away); U.S. Army 3 Inch M5 Antitank Gun (approx. 0.3 miles away); Peter J. Dalessandro (approx. 0.3 miles away); T'was The Night Before Christmas (approx. 0.4 miles away); Meneely Foundry (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watervliet.
Regarding Erie Canal. Construction of the Erie Canal began on July 4th, 1817, and the canal
The question of where to locate the eastern terminal of the Erie Canal provoked great controversy between the cities of Albany and Troy. The route which was finally selected went from Schenectady to Cohoes and then south along the west bank of the Hudson River to Albany. This plan to have the last stretch of the canal terminate in Albany and thus by-pass the city of Troy absolutely infuriated the Troy business community.
In order to provide equally convenient access to the Erie Canal for Troy commerce and west-bound freight that did not need to stop at the Port of Albany, a short lateral canal was constructed to connect the City of West Troy (now Watervliet) with the tide waters of the Hudson River. This short cut (Side Cut) to the Erie Canal ran about where present day 23rd Street is.
The location of the Erie Canal marker is near the former West Troy Side-cut. The West Troy Side Cut was also known as the "Upper Side cut" since there was also a Lower Side cut located just south of the Watervliet Arsenal. The character of the neighborhoods surrounding these side cuts earned it the nickname of "Barbary Coast of the East" (Buffalo being the "Barbary Coast of the West"). Since the Canalers were paid at the end of their trip they often
Source: Amelia T. O'Shea (2006) "Canals of Albany County" Freehold, New York O'Shea ISBN# 1-57256-953-0
Additional keywords. Erie Canal Sidecut Side Cut Hudson River West Troy Watervliet
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