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

The Erie Canal

Welcoming the World

 
 
Welcoming the World image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, February 9, 2019
1. Welcoming the World
Inscription.  Westward Flow
Many Europeans-including large numbers of Irish, German and Dutch immigrants - and New Englanders migrating west boarded packet boats or line boats. The cost to ride a line boat. Sometimes just a penny.

Left Inset:
A Tale Of Two Rides

Wealthy travelers rode the canal in luxury, with chef-prepared meals and beautiful views. Poor immigrants often found themselves on cramped, dirty boats-conditions they knew well from their trip across the Atlantic.

Right Inset:
40,000 Passengers and That Was Just the Beginning.
40,000 passengers from all walks of life traveled the Erie Canal in 1825. This included the wealthy, poor immigrants, merchants and even those peddling goods from watches to candies to books. And that was only in the first year. Today, the canal remains a vibrant waterway enjoyed mostly for water and land-based recreation.

Nearby Attractions:
Erie Canal Cruises, Herkimer
Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse
Canal Place, Little Falls

 
Erected by Path Through History/I Love NY.
 
Marker series.

The Mohawk River image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, February 9, 2019
2. The Mohawk River
A view of the barge canal and Mohawk River from next to the sign
This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 42° 55.003′ N, 74° 26.816′ W. Marker is in Fonda, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from NY Thruway (Interstate 90) when traveling west. Marker is in Mohawk Valley Welcome Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fonda NY 12068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Erie Canal (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mohawk Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); Transportation is King / Modernization (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Mohawk Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Mohawk Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Erie Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Dam. That's Not a Bridge? (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fonda.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 10, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 10, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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