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  New York State Erie Canal - Barge Canal Towpath, Travel, Lodging, Weather, Hike, Bike, Cruise, Maps and More...
What canal projects are underway, trail, boating, town news and more...
New York's canal trails are safe, clean and a beautiful place to walk, bike, hike, skate and enjoy the outdoors while shaping up.
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.
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  Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Erie Canal
The Erie Canal is a canal that goes from the Hudson River to Lake Erie and was the first transportation route faster than carts pulled by draft animals between the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and the western interior.
The canal was the idea of the entrepenurial Jessie Hawley, who imagined being able to grow huge quanitities of grain in the upstate New York plains (then largely unsettled) for sale on the Eastern Seaboard.
In 1918 the canal was replaced by the larger New York Barge Canal[?], running roughly the same route.
www.kids.net.au /encyclopedia-wiki/er/Erie_Canal   (576 words)

  
 New York State Barge Canal. The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. 2000
The canal, a modification and improvement of the old Erie canal, was authorized (1903) by public vote, begun in 1905, and completed in 1918.
The state now envisions preserving the canal’s history and environment, emphasizing leisuretime activities on and along the canal, and re-energizing adjacent communities through cooperative public-private projects under the canal corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Canal Recreationway Commission.
Additional uses provided by the canal system are as a supply of fresh water and a method of flood control and generating hydroelectric power.
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 New York State Canal System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Erie Canal connects the Hudson River to Lake Erie; the Cayuga-Seneca Canal connects Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake to the Erie Canal; the Oswego Canal connects the Erie Canal to Lake Ontario; and the Champlain Canal connects the Hudson River to Lake Champlain.
The canal is preserved primarily for historical and recreational purposes.
In 2004, the New York State Canal Corporation reported a total of 122,034 recreational lockings on the canal, along with 8,514 tour boat lockings and 7,369 hire boat lockings, and a total of 12,182 tons of cargo valued at approximately $102 million was shipped on the canal system.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/New_York_Barge_Canal   (534 words)

  
 Canals and navigable rivers
Canals for irrigation continue to be critically important for agricultural economies in many semi-arid and arid regions of the world today.
The canal connected Lake Erie to the New York harbor tidewater in a multi-level route that followed the local terrain and was fed by local water sources.
The Elblag canal connects the Vistula estuary at tidewater with Ostróda in the Mazurian upland lake district.
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 AllRefer.com - allRefer Reference - New York State Barge Canal, United States (U.S. Physical Geography) - Encyclopedia
New York State Barge Canal, waterway system, 525 mi (845 km) long, traversing New York state and connecting the Great Lakes with the Hudson River and Lake Champlain.
The canal, a modification and improvement of the old Erie Canal and its branches, was authorized (1903) by public vote, was begun in 1904, and was completed in 1918.
In an effort to improve recreational facilities and increase tourism along the canal, a major renovation was begun in 1995.
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 Canal Boats
Canal boats were by far the most common type of working craft to ply the waters of Lake Champlain.
Standard canal boats had to be towed to their destinations, either by mules on the canals or by steamers on lakes and rivers; here a ‘raft’ of canal boats passes down the lake in tow behind a tugboat.
This type of sloop-rigged canal sloop was common in the period between 1840 and 1862.
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 New York State Geography - I LOVE NEW YORK - The Official New York State Tourism Website   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The geographic center of New York State is located in Madison County, approximately 12 miles south of Oneida and 26 miles southwest of Utica.
Lake Ontario forms the northern boundary of New York State for an airline distance of 146 miles, and the area in the U.S. is 3,033 square miles.
New York is a world capital with headquarters of the United Nations in New York City.
www.iloveny.state.ny.us /info_center/state_facts_geo.asp   (477 words)

  
 New York State Historic Preservation Office :: Featured Historic Site
In crossing the Seneca River in Central New York, locks lowered the original canal to river level and canal boats were led across the river itself with the aid of a wooden towpath.
Built between 1905 and 1918, the Barge Canal employed technologies that made the navigation of the Mohawk, Oswego and Seneca rivers practical as alternatives to the dug channels of the nineteenth century.
The Barge Canal used the channel of the Seneca River, with modifications for a portion of its length.
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 New York (state) - Search Results - MSN Encarta
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 World Almanac for Kids
A group of prominent New York citizens, led by De Witt Clinton, made repeated efforts between 1810 and 1816 to obtain federal financing for a canal between the Hudson R. and Lake Erie.
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.
Shortly after the completion of the canal, light packet boats, drawn by frequent relays of horses driven at a trot along the towpath, were making the trip between the Hudson R. and Buffalo in three and a half days.
www.worldalmanacforkids.com /explore/us_history/erie_canal.html   (512 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.
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 New York: Oswego River Canal (Local Legacies: Celebrating Community Roots - Library of Congress)
In 1825, the same year that the Erie Canal was completed, $160,000 was authorized by the state to build the Oswego Canal.
For close to a century, the Oswego branch of the Erie Canal ran adjacent to the Oswego River and was important waterway for trade.
In 1917, completion of the New York State Barge Canal System deepened the canal to 14 feet from its original four feet depth.
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 National Park Service - Founders and Frontiersmen (Erie Canal)
Transporting barges loaded with produce eastward from the old Northwest and carrying streams of emigrants and goods westward, the canal stimulated settlement and commerce between the Great Lakes and the Ohio River, and resulted in the founding of numerous towns.
The canal was to be built in three sections: a western section from Lake Erie to the Seneca River, a middle section from the Seneca River to Rome, and an eastern section from Rome to Albany.
The original canal extends across the town from east to west, and in its dry bed are the only two extant locks of the first canal, both constructed in 1820.
www.cr.nps.gov /history/online_books/founders/sitec28.htm   (813 words)

  
 Oswego County Promotion and Tourism
For close to a century, the Oswego branch of the Erie Canal ran adjacent to the Oswego River and was an important waterway for trade.
From New York City, merchandise was transported by bateaux (small flat-bottomed boats) up the Hudson River, west on the Mohawk River, through the Utica-Rome Canal, west on Wood Creek, across Oneida Lake, west on the Oneida River, north on the Oswego River, around the Oswego Falls portage in Fulton and finally north to Lake Ontario.
In 1903, New York State embarked on a new project: to replace the Erie Canal and its branches with a new Barge Canal that would use existing rivers and streams.
www.co.oswego.ny.us /tourism/recreation/canal.html   (1169 words)

  
 Erie Canal - Rochester Wiki
Following its modifications in 1918, the canal was renamed the New York Barge Canal.
In 1974 the bottom of the canal fell out in Bushnell's Basin, destroying and damaging 69 homes with the over 200 million gallons of water spilling forth, comprising one of the notable disasters of the last century.
New York State is working to build a multi-use trail along the entire length of the Erie Canal, called the Erie Canalway Trail.
rocwiki.org /Erie_Canal   (313 words)

  
 New York State Canal System — FactMonster.com
New York State Canal System, waterway system, 524 mi (843 km) long, traversing New York state and connecting the Great Lakes with the Finger Lakes, the Hudson River, and Lake Champlain.
The canals (12 ft/3.7 m deep), with 57 electrically operated locks, can accommodate 2,000-ton vessels and, unlike the original Erie Canal, include large sections of canalized rivers and lakes in the waterway.
In an effort to improve recreational facilities and increase tourism along the canal, a major renovation of the system was undertaken in the late 1990s.
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 The Erie Canal, a brief history
The 363 mile long Canal originally was constructed with 84 locks (allowing vessels to rise or lower to the water level upstream or downstream) at a cost to the state of $7,143,000.00.
Seeking relief, the shippers soon returned to The Canal as their main source of transporting goods.By then, The Canal had fallen into disrepair and in the early 1900's a major reconstruction was undertaken, widening the canal, as well as adding several locks to improve navigatability.
The NEW Canal remained for many years as the main transport route for midwestern grain shipments to The Port of New York.
www.dencities.com /eriecanal.html   (431 words)

  
 The Erie Canal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Finch was employed with the New York State Engineer and Surveyor, a defunct governmental agency that managed the Canal System from the 1850’s to the mid-1900’s.
He was intrigued by the Canals and, in celebration of the birth of the Canal, thought it useful to share his knowledge and experience with all.
Other particularly interesting aspects of this section of the canal include the Lift Bridge in Fairport, which is an engineering curiosity due to the slope and angle of the bridge, and the locks at Lockport, where the current double 24 1/2 foot high locks are adjacent to one sequence of the original 5 lock pairs.
www.groucho.org /catgrrl/eriecanal   (1330 words)

  
 New York Canal Times - Online Newspaper
Canal New York is continuing to carry out its mission of promoting the canal system by acting as a catalyst to build awareness of the many economic and recreational resources available along New York State’s canal system.
Schuyler Yacht Basin is a haven for canal boaters
The canal is one of the city’s greatest assets to put the city back on the road to prosperity, largely through the efforts of Mayor Michael Tucker.
www.nycanaltimes.com   (2794 words)

  
 Water Resources Management Decision Support System for the Great Lakes
The New York State Barge Canal, which is comprised of Champlain, Erie, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca Canals, takes water from the Niagara River and returns all of it to Lake Ontario.
The New York State Barge Canal is relatively small, and does not affect the amount of water flowing out of lake Erie or into Lake Ontario.
Data relating to the Welland and New York State Barge Canals are reported alongside Niagara River flows and are dealt with in the connecting channels - Niagara River and Welland Canal section of this report.
www.glc.org /wateruse/report/other_diversions.html   (496 words)

  
 Canal Locks - Rochester Wiki
Canals use locks to deal with changes in elevation (water runs downhill).
A hydraulic system is used to fill and lower the level of the water in the lock to allow ships to move from one elevation to another.
There is still a section original Erie Canal existing here, running from where the new Southern route begins on the present canal past Lock 66 (ends somewhere near the Spring House).
rocwiki.org /Canal_Locks   (234 words)

  
 Amazon.com: A Long Haul: The Story of the New York State Barge Canal: Books: Michele A. McFee   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The Barge Canal is as much a modernization of the Erie Canal and its branches as it is an enlargement.
In 1918, when the Barge Canal was completed, travelers saw things on the new canal they had not seen on the Erie: canalized rivers, movable dams, liberal use of concrete, mechanized locks, and barges pulled by tugs or traveling under their own power.
The larger vessels of the Barge Canal transported a variety of products, but grain and oil made up the bulk of the traffic on the canal in its highest traffic years in the 1950s.
www.amazon.com /Long-Haul-Story-State-Barge/dp/0935796991   (1136 words)

  
 Utica, New York (NY), Pictures
Utica, city, seat of Oneida County, central New York, a port on the Mohawk River and the New York State Barge Canal; incorporated as a city 1832.
In the city are Utica College (1946) of Syracuse University, the State University of New York College of Technology at Utica-Rome (1966), the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute (including a school of art and a museum), and a medical research center.
Industrial development increased after the opening (1825) of the Erie Canal, and the city was an important textile center from about 1850 to the mid-20th century.
www.greatestcities.com /North_America/USA/New_York_NY/Utica_city.html   (253 words)

  
 Erie Canal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Unfortunately, apart from the years 1827-1829, canal boat operators were not required to record or report passenger names to the government, which in this case was the State of New York.
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.
This expensive undertaking for the purpose of allowing barges of up to 2000 tons was politically unpopular in some parts of the state not served by the canal, and failed to save it from becoming obsolete.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Erie_Canal   (4068 words)

  
 Sierra Club Outings | Cycling the Historic Erie Canal Pathway, New York | 06220A
The 348-mile canal was completed in 1825, and was almost immediately a huge commercial success: Countless towns and cities sprouted and swelled along its banks, and it made New York City one of the busiest seaports in the world.
Today, parts of the canal are enjoying a renaissance as the New York State Barge Canal, which hosts both commercial and recreational traffic.
Parks and Trails New York was founded in 1985 out of a concern for the state's parks, which were suffering from years of under-funding.
www.sierraclub.org /outings/national/brochure/06220a.asp   (2904 words)

  
 Albany New York Real Estate
New Yorkers saw the christening of the American flag when the Stars and Stripes was first flown in battle at the defense of Ft. Stanwix in Rome.
The Colony of New York became a state on April 20, 1777 with the adoption of its first constitution-12 years before the Federal Constitution.
After the adoption of the Federal Constitution, New York City was chosen to be the nation's first capital and was the site of the inauguration of George Washington as President on April 30, 1789.
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 First Tug Boats On The Barge Canal
Soon, backyards throughout New York State would feature long barges loaded with goods of all kinds, pushed and pulled by sleek and unassuming tugs, whose smooth lines and tranquil appearance while at rest would belie massive steam (and later diesel) engines below, giving them tremendous capacity to do their work.
The New York State Barge Canal was a waterway of tremendous commercial prominence for nearly three quarters of a century.
This made for a hustling, bustling highway of water; replete with tugs and barges of all shapes and sizes (and no shortage of colorful characters to run them).
www.nycanal.com /history/tugsonthebargecanal.html   (483 words)

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