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Erie Canal
Posted By: reh321, 07-14-2018, 08:23 PM

Three weeks ago today my wife and I were returning to New England for a meeting she wanted to attend. I say "returning" because we lived there for seven years, and each year we made this trip two or three times, so we thought we were familiar with the route, but then in New York we saw this park we'd never seen before - so we just had to stop. It turned out that recently New York had built a new park around the remains of an old Erie Canal lock. The pictures below are

1. Visitor Center

2. model of what lock looked like when in use

3. lock today

4. tavern and other buildings near the lock for the convenience of people traveling on the canal

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Interesting, I should have been there.
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Such a famous part of our history but so rarely mentioned or shown after grade school history classes. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Next time I am near there I will stop in.
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Such a famous part of our history but so rarely mentioned or shown after grade school history classes. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Next time I am near there I will stop in.
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Interesting, I should have been there.
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That canal was the lifeblood of New York
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That canal was the lifeblood of New York
In another thread I talked about how Pennsylvania competed with New York. The Allegheny Portage Railroad, which hauled barges up and down slopes, was supposed to compete with the Erie Canal. Pennsylvania Railroad competed with New York Central Railroad. Pennsylvania Turnpike competes with New York ThruWay. "Water level" route through New York is longer, but Pennsylvania has mountains to contend with. I wonder if "water level" route from Hudson River to Lake Erie is why NYC won out over Philadelphia as primary city in the area.

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QuoteOriginally posted by reh321 Quote
In another thread I talked about how Pennsylvania competed with New York. The Allegheny Portage Railroad, which hauled barges up and down slopes, was supposed to compete with the Erie Canal. Pennsylvania Railroad competed with New York Central Railroad. Pennsylvania Turnpike competes with New York ThruWay. "Water level" route through New York is longer, but Pennsylvania has mountains to contend with. I wonder if "water level" route from Hudson River to Lake Erie is why NYC won out over Philadelphia as primary city in the area.
I think it was a combination of that, the St. Lawrence River, and closer proximity to the ocean. And you are right, geology plays a role in how they were constructed. Much of the Erie Canal was through sedimentary rocks, instead of metamorphic.

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