Friday, October 26, 2012

Today is...the anniversary of the Erie Canal opening

In 1825, the Erie Canal was opened.

The Erie Canal runs 363 miles from Albany, NY on the Hudson River to Buffalo, NY at Lake Erie.

The Erie Canal contains 36 locks encompassing a elevation difference of 565 feet.

It was under construction from 1817 to 1825 and officially opened on October 26, 1825.

Improvements on the canal began in 1834, which included the first enlargement, widening it from 40 ft to 70 ft and deepening it from 4 ft to 7.

In 1918 a large part of the canal was replaced by the New York State Barge Canal.

Though parts of the old canal have been filled and used to create roads, a 36 mile stretch is preserved by New York State as the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park.

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