The Erie Canal

The Erie Canal (HM1KP5)

Location: Weedsport, NY 13166 Cayuga County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 2.59', W 76° 34.564'

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Historic New York

Construction of the Erie Canal was hailed as the greatest engineering accomplishment to that time. Under the leadership of Governor De Witt Clinton, construction began July 4, 1817. With little technical knowledge, thousands of workers surveyed, blasted and dug a 363-mile canal across the state. They hewed through solid rock and dug in marshes; they erected aqueducts to carry the canal over rivers and valleys; and they built 83 locks to take the canal over changes in ground level. When completed in October, 1825, the Erie connected Albany and Buffalo and became the main route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes. Passenger and freight barges crowded the canal. Western New York flourished with new, cheap transportation. The Erie Canal also hastened development of the Mid-West. Success of the Erie stimulated enlargement of the original canal in the 1840's and construction of additional canals. More than 500 miles of canals connected the Erie to other sections of New York State. After the 1870's, canal transportation declined and many canals closed. The Erie was modernized in 1918 as part of the State Barge Canal System consisting of the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca Canals.
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HM NumberHM1KP5
Series This marker is part of the Erie Canal series, and the New York: Historic New York series.
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Year Placed1961
Placed ByNew York State Education Department, New York State Department of Public Works
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 at 10:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 371626 N 4766813
Decimal Degrees43.04316667, -76.57606667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 2.59', W 76° 34.564'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 2' 35.4" N, 76° 34' 33.84" W
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Area Code(s)315
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Canalway Trail- Erie Section (Camillus to Port Byron), Weedsport NY 13166, US
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