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Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Grand Canal

 
 
The Grand Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
1. The Grand Canal Marker
Inscription.
Skeptics dubbed the project "Clinton's Folly" and "Clinton's Ditch" when construction of the Erie Canal began near Rome on July 4, 1817, deriding both the project and its principal promoter. Things were very different by October 24, 1825 when Governor DeWitt Clinton declared the Erie Canal complete and began a grand waterborne procession from Buffalo to New York City.

The Erie Canal prompted settlement, commercial agriculture, and manufacturing across upstate New Yok and also opened vast areas in the middle of the American continent to similar developments. As the principal channel for the products of New York and Midwestern farms, forests, and mines, the canal confirmed New York City's place as America's foremost seaport and commercial center and made New York the Empire State.

The Erie Canal provided the first all-water link between Atlantic Seaboard and the upper Great Lakes - 363 miles long. It climbed 570 feet between the tidal Hudson River at Albany on its way to Lake Erie in Buffalo. It passed through a series of 83 locks as shown on this 1825 map.

The Erie and connecting canals were so successful that they were enlarged to accommodtae bigger boats in ever increasing numbers. The New York State Barge Canal system, constructed between 1905 and 1918, represents the last major enlargement and remains in
Westward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
2. Westward
Marker at right, where several people are standing. The water is the Commercial Slip.
service today.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 42° 52.66′ N, 78° 52.739′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Marine Drive and Commercial Street, on the left when traveling west on Marine Drive. Touch for map. Marker is one of a triangle of three markers on the Marine Drive bridge over the Commercial Slip. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buffalo - Queen City of the Lakes (here, next to this marker); Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (here, next to this marker); Buffalo Riverfront Historical Eras to 1930 (here, next to this marker); A Changing Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo - A Network of Canals (within shouting distance of this marker); William Wells Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo - An Industrial Powerhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Boston SSN703 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Also see . . .  DeWitt Clinton - Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 1, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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