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  Erie Canal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The canal was to consist of a forty foot (12 m) wide, four foot (1.2 m) deep cut, with the removed soil being piled on the downhill side to form a walkway on that side.
The canal began on the west side of the Hudson River at Albany, and ran north to a split with the Champlain Canal at Troy.
In sections which did not consist of canalized rivers (particularly between Rochester and Buffalo), the original Erie Canal channel was enlarged to 120 feet in width and 12 feet in depth, an expensive undertaking which was politically unpopular in some parts of the state not served by the canal.
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 Erie Canal - MSN Encarta
Erie Canal, artificial inland waterway that extends from Lake Erie, at Buffalo, New York, to the Hudson River, near Albany, New York.
Partly due to the canal, the population of New York City grew from 123,706 in 1820 to 696,115 in 1850.
By the early 1980s the Erie Canal was a relatively minor commercial waterway, mainly because most waterborne freight traffic between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic were using the St.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761568663/Erie_Canal.html   (667 words)

 Erie Canal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A towpath for the mules and horses used to pull the canal boats was built along the south side of the Tonawanda Creek portion of the canal.
Canal Dimensions: The ditch from Tonawanda to Buffalo was built larger than the standard dimensions of four feet deep, 28 feet wide at the bottom, and 40 feet wide at the top with sloping sides.
The portion of the Erie Canal from Lockport to Pendleton was deepened with power equipment, the dam at Tonawanda was removed, and the creek channel dredged to accommodate barges with a ten-foot draft.
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 Erie Canal Resources, New York History Net
This web site, although devoted to the Erie Canal in general, focuses on the central portion of the canal from Palmyra (Lock 29) to Lockport (Locks 34 and 35), and particularly on the area in the vicinity of the City of Rochester.
Erie Canal Museum (Syracuse, NY) - founded in 1962, it is housed in the 1850 Weighlock Building, where canal boats were weighed during the days when they traveled through the center of Syracuse on the Erie Canal.
Erie Canal Village (Rome, NY) - 1840 to 1860 era re-created village is an outdoor living history museum located alongside a portion of the original Erie Canal.
www.nyhistory.com /links/Erie_Canal.htm   (321 words)

 History of Ohio's Canals
Unlike the Ohio and Erie, the Miami and Erie Canal was not initially conceived as a route from Lake Erie to the Ohio River.
Approximately seven miles of watered canal along the Maumee River in Defiance and Henry Counties is under the jurisdiction of the Division of Parks and Recreation.
The Ohio and Erie Canal is maintained from Akron by a staff of six Division of Water employees.
www.dnr.state.oh.us /water/canals/canlhist.htm   (1199 words)

 World Almanac for Kids
ERIE CANAL, artificial inland waterway, extending from Lake Erie, at Buffalo, N.Y., to the Hudson R., near Albany, N.Y., and forming, since 1903, a branch of the NEW YORK STATE BARGE CANAL SYSTEM.
The canal was originally 584 km (363 mi) long, about 12 m (about 40 ft) wide at the surface, 8.5 m (28 ft) wide at the bottom, and 1.2 m (4 ft) deep.
By the early 1980s the Erie Canal was a relatively minor commercial waterway, mainly because most waterborne freight traffic between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic used the SAINT LAWRENCE SEAWAY.
www.worldalmanacforkids.com /explore/us_history/erie_canal.html   (512 words)

 The Erie Canal
In 1903, the State again decided to enlarge the canal by the construction of what was termed the "Barge Canal", consisting of the Erie Canal and the three chief branches of the State system -- the Champlain, the Oswego, and the Cayuga and Seneca Canals.
Tour the Old Erie Canal -- A journey from Buffalo in the west to Albany in the east by way of a clickable map of the Erie Canal path, and incorporating material from both the Images and Traces sections with additional material.
A good introduction to the history of the Erie Canal can be found on the 175th Anniversary Exhibit pages, which originally accompanied an exhibit put together by the Mandeville Gallery of Union College in Schenectady to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Erie Canal.
www.eriecanal.org   (854 words)

 New York State Canals: Canal Culture: Canal History
The Erie Canal proved to be the key that unlocked an enormous series of social and economic changes in the young nation.
The Erie Canal played an integral role in the transformation of New York City into the nation's leading port, a national identity that continues to be reflected in many songs, legends and artwork today.
We've published an account of the history of the Erie Canal and the "lateral" Canals, as referenced by Roy Finch, that was written in 1925 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Erie Canal.
www.canals.state.ny.us /cculture/history   (958 words)

 Erie Canal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
As most of you know, the Erie Canal was completed in 1825 and heavily used by commercial traffic right from the start.
The dams and hydroelectric plants are built alongside the canal locks and serve to control flooding in the area.
As we cleared the last lock, the rain intensified to a downpour and it was a soggy foursome that took refuge at the town "Greasy Spoon", where the grease was as thick as the cigarette smoke.
a1sailboats.com /eriecanal.htm   (1308 words)

 Erie Canal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Erie Canal was also an integral part of a larger system of New York state canals which bound together the Hudson River with Lake Champlain and the Canadian canals that flowed to the St. Lawrence River.
The Erie Canal made it possible for both New England and immigrant farmers to settle and develop the rich farmlands of the Mid-western states of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
The Erie Canal was enlarged between 1836 and 1862.
www.canals.org /erie.htm   (1011 words)

 Erie Canal Village
Erie Canal Village is an outdoor living history museum.
It is a reconstructed 19th century settlement on the site where, on July 4, 1817, the first shovelful of earth was turned for the construction of the original Erie Canal.
This building explores the history of cheese making and its relationship to the importance of the Erie Canal in New York State during the 19th century.
www.eriecanalvillage.net   (225 words)

 History of the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga & Seneca canals
The Erie canal (or main line), extends from Troy on the Hudson River to Tonawanda and Buffalo, on the Niagara River.
The Cayuga and Seneca canal is 27 miles long and connects the Erie, west of Syracuse with Cayuga and Seneca Lakes.
The Erie Canal ("Clinton's Big Ditch") opened on October 26, 1825, and was hailed as the greatest engineering marvel in the world.
www.nycanal.com /nycanalhistory.html   (504 words)

 Erie Canal
The canal bill, drawn up by Clinton in 1815, was debated in the legislature (1816–17), with New York City and the Lake Ontario interests opposing it vigorously.
The canal was enlarged beginning in 1835; its most important branches, the Champlain (opened 1819), the Oswego (1828), and the Cayuga-Seneca (1829), were also enlarged.
Unlike the original canal, the revamped waterway incorporated canalized rivers and lakes in the waterway; parallel sections of the old Erie Canal were abandoned.
www.factmonster.com /ce6/us/A0817585.html   (598 words)

Susquehanna Canal, and a Delaware and Schuylkill Canal.
Seneca and Cauga lakes to the Erie Canal.
River (in Pennsylvania) with the Ohio and Erie Canal at Bolivar, Ohio.
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 New York State Erie Canal - Barge Canal Towpath, Travel, Lodging, Weather, Hike, Bike, Cruise, Maps and More...
The meetings are also open to anyone with an interest in the Canal's future and the Governor’s proposed Erie Canal and Empire State Greenways.
The Erie and her sister canals, the Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca, nestled within a scenic natural setting, boast a variety of outdoor, entertainment, educational, serene and family experiences rolled into a spectacular day trip, weekend getaway or even vacation.
The idea of building a canal across New York State was thought to be "little short of madness", find out how the "Jewel of New York State" came to be.
www.nycanal.com   (1094 words)

 ptny: Cycling the Erie Canal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
You'll experience the canal and enjoy canal historians' stories about the people, places and things that made life along the Erie Canal so unique in its day and so important to the history of New York State and the country.
Cycling the Erie Canal: A Guide to 400 miles of adventure and history along the Erie Canalway Trail is packed with detailed information about the outstanding bicycling and sightseeing waiting for you along the Erie Canal.
Today, the Erie Canal and the villages along it are being rediscovered as a unique and easily accessible corridor with a rich role in the history of Colonial America, the American Revolution, commerce, and women's rights.
www.ptny.org /canaltour   (832 words)

 CNN.com - Travel - Tourists return to explore New York's resurgent Erie Canal - November 2, 2000
After years of observing the decline of the 363-mile-long canal, Blount is witnessing a resurgence as New York and local communities are investing in the canal's revitalization as a tourist destination.
Although the Erie Canal was built primarily for moving cargo, it became a heavily used route for pioneers heading west into the Ohio Valley and beyond.
In 1992, responsibility for the canals was transferred from the state Department of Transportation to the New York State Thruway Authority and a separate subsidiary, the Canal Corporation, was formed.
archives.cnn.com /2000/TRAVEL/PURSUITS/OUTDOORS/11/02/erie.canal   (1231 words)

 ERIE CANAL 175 YEARS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The original Erie Canal was constructed between 1817 and 1825.
The canal was the most ambitious engineering project undertaken anywhere in the country up to that time.
The canal was the communication and transportation link between the eastern and western parts of the country.
www.berkshiretv.com /erie-page0.htm   (283 words)

 The Erie Canal in Medina, NY
It is to the Erie Canal that the Village of Medina owes its existence and prosperity.
Construction on the canal began in 1817 and passed through this surveyed spot in 1821.
It was the building of the canal which brought the laborers for whom the first dwellings were erected on this land, and the village began its start on the very banks of the canal.
www.eriecanalmedina.com   (167 words)

 Western New York Travel Guide: Erie Canal
The old Erie Canal has turned into a linear park, on the verge of developing into one of the country's great tourist attractions.
In fact, the old Erie Canal has turned into a linear park, on the verge of developing into one of the country's great tourist attractions.
To experience the canal first hand, drive to one of several home ports for a boat tour lasting from an hour to all day and in some cases, all week.
www.westernny.com /erie.html   (417 words)

 Erie Canal on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Canal the path to revival: Ohio and Erie corridor magnet for development.
The canal bill, drawn up by Clinton in 1815, was debated in the legislature (1816-17), with New York City and the Lake Ontario interests opposing it vigorously.
Erie Does It; On a New York canal cruise, the boats are slow, the pace leisurely.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/E/ErieC1ana.asp   (777 words)

 Western New York Travel Guide: Erie Canal Ports
As in the early 19th century, canal life continues to settle around Schoen Place, a winding strip of century-old mercantilism, and an interesting mix of the old and new.
Progress was due, in large part, to the Erie Canal, which supplied a convenient and inexpensive route to populous markets on the East Coast.
The village has installed a dock near the canal bridge; pump holding tanks for boats; 40 feet of boardwalk to be linked to a gazebo and entertainment area.
www.westernny.com /erieports.html   (907 words)

 The Erie Canal
The Erie Canal had an enormous impact on New York and America in the nineteenth century.
University of Rochester students are writing the history of the Erie Canal and its successor, the New York State Barge Canal, to be placed on line here.
CANAL JUNCTION - the comprehensive UK canal guide and canal business directory - canal maps, canal history, canal culture, canal engineering, canal museums, canal folk art, hotel boats, boatyards and marinas, canal boatbuilders and boat hire firms and much more.
www.history.rochester.edu /canal   (290 words)

 Cruising the Erie Canal
The Erie Canal -- A Journey Through History -- Provides a multimedia historical tour of the canal.
Erie Canal Online -- Two stories: a 14 year old's pre-civil war journey and a 20th century canoe trip.
History of the Erie Canal -- University of Rochester students are writing a history of the canal.
www.100megsfree3.com /wordsmith/cruising.html   (327 words)

 Erie Canal
This curriculum's release coincides with the 175th anniversary of the Erie Canal.
In the eighth section, the different types of canal boats that appeared on the Erie Canal at various times of its history are explored.
The last chapter locates Erie Canal commerce along New York City's waterfront in the early 20th century and describes the canal's transformation from a commercial to a recreational waterway in the 1990s.
www.laguardiawagnerarchive.lagcc.cuny.edu /eriecanal   (667 words)

 The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail - Cuyahoga Valley
Before the canal was built, Ohio was a sparsely settled wilderness where travel was difficult and getting crops to market was nearly impossible.
The canal, built between 1825 and 1832, provided a successful transportation route from Cleveland, on Lake Erie, to Portsmouth, on the Ohio River.
The scene would have been different then: the canal was full of water carrying a steady flow of boats amongst the constant conversations of "canawlers." You can still see remnants of that former scene as you pass many of the canal locks and related structures.
www.nps.gov /cuva/planavisit/todo/recreation/ohioerie.htm   (699 words)

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