Fairport in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
New York State Canals
The Great American Canal
During a century of evolution, the canal`s infrastructure incorporated many new technologies. transitioning from cut stone to poured concrete, wooden lock gates to giant steel versions, and hand-operated cranks to electrified push button controls. Modernized Barge Canal locks, designed for steel barges with 3.000 tons of cargo, could accommodate boats with 100 times the capacity of those from the
As the nation changed, the canal adapted. By the 1960s, the canal could no longer compete with modern modes of commercial transportation and the St. Lawrence Seaway, and lost its economic viability as a commercial corridor. Although it is still used commercially, recreational use has become its primary function. Steel fabricated oil barges have now largely been replaced by tour boats, pleasure boats, canoes and kayaks.
The Canal System
Welcome to the NYS Canal System, one of the worlds premier inland waterways. The 524-mile Canal System includes the legendary Erie Canal, and the Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca canals. The waterways travel through New York’s heartland, gliding past lush farmland, famous battlefields, charming canal towns and thriving wildlife preserves. The canals can also be enjoyed along hundreds of miles of Canalway Trail and at numerous parks and picnic areas across the system. Along this historic corridor, pleasure boaters, paddlers, history enthusiasts, hikers and bicyclists alike delight in unlocking the legend of New York's canals.
The New York State Canal Corporation, a subsidiary of the New York State Thruway Authority, operates the New York State Canal System. For more information visit our website at www.nyscanals.gov
Erected by NYS Canal Corporation.
Marker series. Erie Canal marker series.
Location. 43° 6.031′ N, 77° 27.382′ W. Marker is in Fairport, New York, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from O'Connor Road. Touch for map. Marker is within Perinton Park. O'Connor Road is off of Fairport Road/31F. To reach marker, one needs to go all the way into the park, and walk towards the Fairport Rd. Bridge along the Canal Path. Marker is in this post office area: Fairport NY 14450, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fullam's Basin (within shouting distance of this marker); D. Marsh Field (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baird Road (approx. half a mile away); American Can Company (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Erie Canal (approx. 0.7 miles away); De Land Chemical Co. (approx. ¾ mile away); Spice Mill (approx. ¾ mile away); Erie Canal Inn (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairport.
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 324 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 6, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.