Transportation is King / Modernization Historical

Transportation is King / Modernization Historical (HM1U9A)

Location: Fultonville, NY 12072 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 54.997', W 74° 26.785'

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Transportation is King The world kept changing, and the Erie Canal along with it. Completed in 1825, the Canal has been rebuilt - or enlarged - twice. The original Erie Canal, known as Clinton's Ditch, was only 40 feet wide and four feet deep. New Yorkers discovered almost immediately that the Canal had been built too small, such was its success, and the Enlarged Erie Canal was built between 1836 and 1862, increasing the Canal's depth to seven feet and its width to seventy feet. But even those dimensions proved inadequate to compete with the transportation advancements of the early 20th century. Lock 13 of the modern Erie Canal, the lock you see today, was constructed as part of the Canal's third iteration - the Barge Canal. Constructed between 1905 and 1918, today's Canal System takes advantage of New York's many inland lakes and rivers, not just for water supply, but as part of the navigation channel. Designed to accommodate barges carrying 3000 tons of cargo, or 100 times more than the capacity of a canal boat from the 1820s, today's Canal System is still going strong after a century of continuous operation. Modernization The Erie Canal kept changing. Completed in 1825, the Canal has been rebuilt - or enlarged - twice. The original Erie Canal, known as Clinton's Ditch, was only 40 feet wide and four feet
deep. New Yorkers discovered almost immediately that the Canal had been built too small, such was its success, and the Enlarged Erie Canal was built between 1836 and 1862, increasing the Canal's depth to seven feet and its width to seventy feet. The lock that you see today, part of the modern Erie Canal, is evidence of the changes that kept the canal operating. With the introduction of self-propelled boats in the 20th century, the modernized canal takes advantage of New York's many inland lakes and rivers. Approved in 1903 and completed 15 years later the canal accommodates barges carrying 3,000 tons of cargo, 100 times more than the capacity of a canal boat from the 1820s. Today's Canal System Long before railroads, interstate highways, or jets the Erie Canal opened the interior of North America and shaped the future of the young nation. Its legacy remains as an integral part of our nation's heritage. Completed in 1825, the 363-milelong waterway established the first all-water route for navigation between the Atlantic Ocean and the upper Great Lakes, opened the interior of the continent to settlement and commerce, and helped make New York City an international center of trade. The Erie and New York's other operating canals are still very much alive. Today, you'll find engineering marvels, historic vessels and canal sites, and lively Main Streets, along with
great recreational opportunities and hundreds of festivals and events. More than 500 miles of navigable waterway, 300 miles of recreational trails, and 324 distinctive communities stretching across the full expanse of upstate New York are here to explore. To learn more visit: www.canals.ny.gov
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HM NumberHM1U9A
Series This marker is part of the Erie Canal series
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Year Placed2016
Placed ByNew York Thruway Authority / Canal Corporation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 9th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 545182 N 4751703
Decimal Degrees42.91661667, -74.44641667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 54.997', W 74° 26.785'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 54' 59.82" N, 74° 26' 47.1" W
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Area Code(s)518
Closest Postal AddressAt or near I-90, Fultonville NY 12072, US
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