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Fonda in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Erie Canal

A 19th-Century World Wonder

 
 
The Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, February 9, 2019
1. The Erie Canal Marker
Inscription. A Natural Advantage
The Erie Canal was built by taking advantage of a path carved by nature through the eastern Appalachian Mountains. Construction on the Erie Canal began in Rome, New York, on July 4, 1817, and it opened in Buffalo in 1825.

Right Inset:

Clinton's Big Ditch

As one of the greatest champions of the canal, Governor Dewitt Clinton presided over a "Wedding of the Waters” ceremony soon after the waterway opened. Critics of the Erie Canal, soon proved wrong, had called the canal “Clinton's Big Ditch."

Left Inset

A Vision From Behind Bars

While serving a 20-month prison sentence for bankruptcy, Jesse Hawley, a New York flour merchant, wrote a series of essays in 1807 that proved hugely influential to the creation of the canal.

Nearby attractions:

Canastota Canal Town Museum
Erie Canalway Trail
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

 
Erected by Path Through History/I Love NY.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 42° 54.981′ N, 74° 26.841′ W. Marker is in Fonda, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from NY Thruway (Interstate 90) when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in the Mohawk Valley Welcome Center. Marker is in this post office area: Fonda NY 12068, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mohawk Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Mohawk Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); Transportation is King / Modernization (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Then and Now (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The Mohawk Valley (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The Erie Canal (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fonda.
 
More about this marker. There are several other markers in this area
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 9, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on February 9, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
 
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