“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Canastota in Madison County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Erie Canal

Historic New York

The Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 14, 2017
1. The Erie Canal Marker
Inscription. Construction of the Erie Canal was hailed as the greatest engineering accomplishment to that time. Under the leadership of Governor De Witt Clinton, construction began July 4, 1817. With little technical knowledge, thousands of workers surveyed, blasted and dug a 365-mile canal across the State. They hewed through solid rock and dug in marshes; they erected aqueducts to carry the canal over rivers and valleys; and they built 83 locks to take the canal over changes in ground level. When completed in October, 1825. the Erie connected Albany and Buffalo and became the main route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.

Passenger and freight barges crowded the canal. Western New York flourished with new, cheap transportation. The Erie Canal also hastened development of the Mid-West. Success of the Erie stimulated enlargement of the original canal in the 1840's and construction of additional canals. More than 500 miles of canals connected the Erie to other sections of New York State. After the 1870's, canal transportation declined and many canals closed. The Erie was modernized in 1918 as part of the State Barge Canal System consisting of the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca Canals.
Erected 1963 by State Education Department.
Marker series.
The Erie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 14, 2017
2. The Erie Canal Marker
The marker is to the right of the service plaza building.
This marker is included in the Erie Canal, and the Historic New York marker series.
Location. 43° 5.75′ N, 75° 50.513′ W. Marker is in Canastota, New York, in Madison County. Marker is on NYS Thruway (U.S. 90) 4 miles west of N Peterboro Street (New York State Route 13). Touch for map. Marker is at a Thruway Rest area and faces away from the Thruway. Marker is in this post office area: Canastota NY 13032, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canaseraga (approx. 2.8 miles away); Lateral Canal (approx. 3.8 miles away); Congregational Church - 1814 (approx. 4.2 miles away); Amelia Earhart (approx. 4.3 miles away); Carmen Basilio (approx. 4 miles away); Pool's Brook (approx. 4.7 miles away); Lewis Adamo (approx. 4.7 miles away); Bruce Opera House (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canastota.
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 408 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2017, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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