Colonie in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Erie Canal
One of the slowest and most crowded parts of the waterway started to the north of the Flatts at Maplewood. Here Began the Tortuous series of 21 locks that raised the canal up to the Mohawk Valley and around the 70 foot cliffs of the Cohoes Falls. Situated between this traffic to the north and Albany's busy lumber district to the south, the stretch of the Erie Canal through the Flatts was comparatively quiet.
Boats that did not need to stop at the harbor in Albany bypassed this portion of the canal altogether by using the sidecuts in West Troy (now Watervliet) just north of the Flatts to get to the Hudson River. Still, nearly a hundred canal boats passed here on average every day in the mid-19th century.
The Original Erie Canal Referred to derisively by early critics of the project as "Clinton's Ditch," the original canal was only 4 feet deep and 40 feet wide, and carried boats up to 75 tons. Construction began in 1817 and was completed in 1825.
The Enlarged Erie Canal Soon the original canal was so overburdened with traffic that an enlargement was begun in 1835. Completed here in 1842, the canal was expanded to a depth of 7 feet and a width
With the opening of the Barge Canal in 1917, which joined the Mohawk Valley directly to the Hudson river at Waterford, the canal along this section was abandoned and most of it was eventually filled in. This small section before you remains unfilled.
Erected by Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
Location. 42° 42.295′ N, 73° 42.797′ W. Marker is in Colonie, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on Broadway (New York State Route 32) near Federal Express Plaza, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 590 Broadway, Albany NY 12204, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint Agnes Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Burden Iron Works (approx. 0.9 miles away); Chester Alan Arthur (approx. 1.1 miles away); Watervliet Arsenal (approx. 1.2 miles away); Historic Albany Rural Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Little Red Schoolhouse (approx. 1½ miles away); City of Watervliet (approx. 1.6 miles away); Saint Patrick's Church Bell (approx. 1.6 miles away).
More about this marker.
The Park includes a walking and jogging trail with access to the Hudson-Mohawk Bike Path. The park itself is a tranquil, wide-open green space for strolling, picnicking.
The Schuyler Flatts Archological District is on the National Registerof Historic Places as of January 21, 1974 and aditionally designated a National Historic Landmark in 1993.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 27, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 2,082 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 27, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.