Fort Hunter in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
East Guard Lock
—State Historic Site —
The East Guard Lock was constructed to control flood waters flowing into the canal from the Schoharie Creek. During periods of flooding, two sets of doors in the East Guard Lock could be closed to prevent the swirling waters of the Schoharie from washing away the canal banks. Under normal conditions, the doors would be kept open, leaving a clear channel between the Erie Canal and the creek.
Most of the structures on the original canal were removed when the Erie Canal was enlarged. The East Guard Lock, however, was used throughout the 19th century as part of a feeder canal that channeled water into the Enlarge Erie. The lock was used for flood control into the 20th century. This photograph dates from the "feeder" era. Courtesy of the First Hunter Canal Society.
Location. 42° 56.361′ N, 74° 16.908′ W. Marker is in Fort Hunter, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Schoharie Street south of Main Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Original Erie Canal (here, next to this marker); Site of Queen Anne Chapel (here, next to this marker); Site of Old Fort Hunter (here, next to this marker); Site of Last Mohawk Indian Village (here, next to this marker); A Mohawk House Unearthed (a few steps from this marker); Site of First Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Building Block of the Erie Canal (a few steps from this marker); The Fort by the Village (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Hunter.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 10, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.