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Fort Hunter in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

East Guard Lock

Schoharie Crossing

 

—State Historic Site —

 
East Guard Lock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2015
1. East Guard Lock Marker
Inscription. In front of you are the stone remains of the East Guard Lock, which date to the original Erie Canal. A key element to the canal's operation was controlling the amount of water entering the system. Too much water was more dangerous than too little.

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. This marker is on the
East Guard Lock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2015
2. East Guard Lock Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph that dates from the "feeder" era, showing this portion of the original canal.
site of the grounds of the Schoharie Crossing, State Historic Site, a short distance south of the State Historic Site Visitor Center, on a platform located on top of the East Guard Lock. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Hunter NY 12069, United States of America.
 
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
 
East Guard Lock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2015
3. East Guard Lock Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph showing the guard lock as part of the feeder canal, ca 1915.
East Guard Lock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2015
4. East Guard Lock Marker
View of the marker (the one on the right) situated on a platform, located on top of the East Guard Lock.
East Guard Lock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2015
5. East Guard Lock Marker
View of the marker, looking north towards the Historic Site Visitor's Center.
East Guard Lock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2015
6. East Guard Lock Marker
View of the marker, looking east, along the remains of the original Erie Canal, including the remains of the East Guard Lock.
East Guard Lock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2015
7. East Guard Lock Marker
View of the marker looking south along Schoharie Street.
 
 
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 128 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 10, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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