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

Then and Now

 
 
Then and Now Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 7, 2016
1. Then and Now Marker
Inscription. Although basic principles of operation remain the same, locks along the Erie Canal have changed over the years. The canal's first locks, products of careful stonework by masons, measured 15 feet wide and 90 feet long. The concrete lock that you see today, completed when the canal was modernized in the early 20th century, is nearly 45 feet wide and 300 feet long. Electric motors, not human muscles, are used today to open and close huge metal gates that weigh over 20 tons.

The area immediately around the locks has changed as well. The homes of lock tenders and their families, sheds, barns, and the popular canal stores that existed near the locks, have been replaced with power houses, lock operator control stands, and the blue & yellow electrical cabinets.
 
Erected 2016 by New York State Thruway Authority / Canal Corporation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 42° 54.964′ N, 74° 26.782′ W. Marker is in Root, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Interstate 90 at milepost 187 and Lock 13 Living History Rest Area. Touch for map. Marker is at a new rest area for I-90 westbound travelers between exit
Then and Now Marker & Rest Stop Building image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 7, 2016
2. Then and Now Marker & Rest Stop Building
Marker is at the south side of the rest stop building. This is the back of the marker.
28 (Fultonville) and exit 29 (Canajoharie). The rest area is at Lock 13 on the Erie Barge Canal. It officially opened on August 11, 2016 at 11:30 am. Marker is in this post office area: Fultonville NY 12072, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Transportation is King / Modernization (within shouting distance of this marker); Dam. That's Not a Bridge? (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Is Mohawk Country (approx. 1.4 miles away); Volkert Veeder (approx. 2.7 miles away); Site of The Battle of Oriskany (approx. 3 miles away); Herkimer Home - 1764 (approx. 3.1 miles away); Mohawk Area (approx. 3.1 miles away); Johnson Hall - 1763 (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Root.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 9, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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