The Oswego Canal

The Oswego Canal (HM1M9X)

Location: Oswego, NY 13126 Oswego County
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N 43° 27.326', W 76° 30.419'

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A Great Canal

Dewitt Clinton dreamed of "a Great Canal" to solve the problem of access to the natural resources of the mid-west. Of the two routes considered - a canal across the state to Buffalo and a canal to Lake Ontario at Oswego - the Buffalo proposal won at first.

The Oswego Canal was begun in 1826 and completed in 1828. In 1830 the Welland Canal, connecting Lakes Ontario and Erie, was opened, and once again the commerce of the upper lakes began to seek the old route up the Oswego River.

A Thriving Port
Once Oswego Harbor was established as a canal destination, commerce soared and the City became a thriving international port.

In 1850 the Erie Canal was improved, widened, deepened and in some places rerouted. The name of the waterway was changed to the Barge Canal. The Oswego Canal remained an important option for connecting to the Great Lakes waterway.

Alvin Bronson
Alvin Bronson was the first representative from Oswego County in the state senate. In 1824 he became the leader of the movement in favor of the Oswego Canal. It was largely through his intensive advocacy that the canal system also included a connection to the Port of Oswego.
HM NumberHM1M9X
Placed BySeaway Trail, Inc
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Date Added Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 6:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 378078 N 4812494
Decimal Degrees43.45543333, -76.50698333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 27.326', W 76° 30.419'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 27' 19.56" N, 76° 30' 25.14" W
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Area Code(s)315
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Harbor Rail Trail - S, Oswego NY 13126, US
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