Erie Canal map c. 1840
Map of planned route.
Aqueduct over the Mohawk River at Rexford, one of 32 navigable aqueducts on the Erie Canal
A boat on the canal, circa 1900-1924
The Mohawk Valley, running east and west, cuts a natural pathway (water gap) between the Catskill Mountains to the south and the Adirondack Mountains to the north.
Canal boats waiting to be unloaded in Georgetown.
Profile of the original canal
Low-angle bird's-eye view of central Washington toward the west and northwest with The Capitol in foreground. The Canal is visible running along the mall.
Operations at Lockport, New York, in 1839
C&O Canal in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Stonework of lock abandoned because of route change, at Durhamville, New York
Boat construction yard in Cumberland, MD
An original five-step lock structure crossing the Niagara Escarpment at Lockport, now without gates and used as a cascade for excess water
Map of Terminus in Cumberland in the mid 1890s. Yellow dots indicate modern highways as well as current (2013) location of Canal basin.
Erie Canal lock in Lockport, New York
Register of waybills in the Cumberland Office, in 1858. Each canal boat had to have a waybill, even if empty, for passage through the canal. Fines were levied for lack of a waybill.
1853 map of New York canals emboldened, center: the Erie Canal; other lines: railroads, rivers and county borders
5 and 10 dollar notes, from C&O Canal company
Lithograph of the Erie Canal at Lockport, New York c. 1855. Published for Herrman J. Meyer, 164 William Street, New York City.
Floodwaters around Lock 6 in 1936
Aqueduct over Nine Mile Creek north of Camillus, New York, built in 1841 and abandoned c. 1918; one of 32 navigable aqueducts on the Erie Canal, it has since been restored.
Great Falls feeder culvert (no longer used) indicated by yellow arrow(14.08 mi), and Lock 18 (R).
Upstream view of the downstream lock at Lock 32, Pittsford, New York
Boat at Big Slackwater
Map of the "Water Level Routes" of the New York Central Railroad (purple), West Shore Railroad (red) and Erie Canal (blue)
An informal overflow. The towpath dips, allowing water to flow over it. Note the boards in the background for people to walk on.
Rochester, New York, aqueduct c. 1890
Paw Paw Tunnel
Two "low" lift bridges in Lockport, New York, July 2010
Remains of the inclined plane
The modern Erie Canal has 34 locks, which are painted with the blue and gold colors of the New York State Canal System.
Culvert #30 lets Muddy Branch under the canal
Gateway Harbor in North Tonawanda, about 1000 ft from the present-day western terminus of the Erie Canal where it connects to the Niagara River
Repairs at Big Pool
The Old Erie Canal and its towpath at Kirkville, New York, within Old Erie Canal State Historic Park
Mules being fed.
Buffalo's Erie Canal Commercial Slip in Spring 2008
A steamboat on the C&O Canal. Note the steering wheel and the smokestack on this boat
Erie Canal Lock 18, Cohoes, New York
Children tethered to canal boat. This photo was probably taken in one of the Cumberland basins.
Old Erie Canal State Historic Park, DeWitt, New York
Model interior of a C&O Canal freight boat
The modern single lock at the Niagara Escarpment
Recent view of the 9 mile level (between 33 and 34 miles) where the ghosts were reported to haunt.
Monocacy aqueduct in 2011, where the ghost of a robber could allegedly be seen on moonless nights

The Erie Canal, built between 1817 and 1825, threatened traders south of New York City, who began to seek their own transportation infrastructure to link the burgeoning areas west of the Appalachian Mountains to mid-Atlantic markets and ports.

- Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

In time, projects were devised in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and relatively deep into the coastal states.

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The Alter Strom, in the sea resort of Warnemünde, Germany.

Canal

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Canals or artificial waterways are waterways or engineered channels built for drainage management (e.g. flood control and irrigation) or for conveyancing water transport vehicles (e.g. water taxi).

Canals or artificial waterways are waterways or engineered channels built for drainage management (e.g. flood control and irrigation) or for conveyancing water transport vehicles (e.g. water taxi).

The Alter Strom, in the sea resort of Warnemünde, Germany.
The Royal Canal in Ireland.
Small boat canals such as the Basingstoke Canal fuelled the industrial revolution in much of Europe and the United States.
Bridge on the Naviglio Grande, in the town of Cassinetta di Lugagnano, in Italy
Canal in Broek in Waterland, Netherlands.
Canal in Venice.
Saimaa Canal, a transportation canal between Finland and Russia, in Lappeenranta
Westbury Court Garden: the garden "Canal".
Loading Anthracite on the Lehigh Canal to feed the early United States industries in the pioneer-era.
1. Design High Water Level (HWL)
  2. Low water channel
    3. Flood channel
    4. Riverside slope
    5. Riverside banquette
    6. Levee crown
    7. Landside slope
    8. Landside banquette
    9. Berm
   10. Low water revetment
   11. Riverside land
   12. Levee
   13. Protected lowland
   14. River zone
The Danube-Black Sea Canal in Romania
The Amsterdam-Rhine Canal near Rijswijk, Netherlands
Canal de Castilla in Castile and León, Spain, is 207 km long, crossing 38 municipalities. Initially built to transport wheat, it is now used for irrigation.
Canal in Sète, France.
The Grand Canal of China at Suzhou.
Thal Canal, Punjab, Pakistan.
Dutch canal in Negombo, Sri Lanka.
Lowell's power canal system.
Bridgewater Canal in England
Erie Canal, Lockport, New York, c. 1855
Aqueduct over the Mohawk River at Rexford, New York, one of 32 navigable aqueducts on the Erie Canal.
Sluice in the canal of Gabčíkovo Dam (Slovakia) – the canal is conveying water to a hydroelectric power station.
American canals circa 1825.
A family rides a boat in one of the canals of Amsterdam.
A proposal for the Nicaragua Canal, from around 1870.
Abandoned DeLessups equipment, Panama jungle
Canals can disrupt water circulation in marsh systems.
A canal (Gracht) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Griboyedov Canal in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Aerial view of the man-made canals of the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Wharfs along the Oudegracht in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Canal of La Peyrade in Sète, France.
Two Panamax ships in the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal, Panama.
alt=A series of approximately 20 black lock gates with white ends to the paddle arms and wooden railings, each slightly higher than the one below. On the right is a path and on both side's grass and vegetation.|The flight of 16 consecutive locks at Caen Hill on the Kennet and Avon Canal, Wiltshire.
A canal boat traverses the longest and highest aqueduct in the UK, at Pontcysyllte in Denbighshire, Wales.
The Corinth Canal seen from the air.
Miami and Erie Canal Lock in Ohio, United States

When a stream is too difficult to modify with canalization, a second stream can be created next to or at least near the existing stream. This is called a lateral canal, and may meander in a large horseshoe bend or series of curves some distance from the source waters stream bed lengthening the effective length in order to lower the ratio of rise over run (slope or pitch). The existing stream usually acts as the water source and the landscape around its banks provide a path for the new body. Examples include the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Canal latéral à la Loire, Garonne Lateral Canal, Welland Canal and Juliana Canal.

The Erie Canal (opened 1825) was chartered and owned by the state of New York and financed by bonds bought by private investors.

A towpath in use on the Finow Canal in Germany.

Towpath

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Road or trail on the bank of a river, canal, or other inland waterway.

Road or trail on the bank of a river, canal, or other inland waterway.

A towpath in use on the Finow Canal in Germany.
People towing a vessel in the Netherlands in 1931
Mules pulling boat on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
A roving bridge on the English Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. The towpath changes to the other side of the canal but the horse does not have to be unhitched
A towpath cut into the rock beside the Lot river in south-west France
"Towboats Along the Yotsugi-dōri Canal" from Hiroshige's "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" series; a depiction of a towpath in rural Tokyo, mid 19c.
Example of Rope abrasion, on a bridge (which also functions as a stop gate) on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail

Erie Canal

B&O's Columbian crossing the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, 1949

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad

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The first common carrier railroad and the oldest railroad in the United States, with its first section opening in 1830.

The first common carrier railroad and the oldest railroad in the United States, with its first section opening in 1830.

B&O's Columbian crossing the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, 1949
Cornerstone of the B&O, laid July 4, 1828, by Charles Carroll of Carrollton, now displayed at the B&O Railroad Museum
Carrollton Viaduct
Share of the Baltimore and Ohio Rail-Road Company, issued 26. July 1856; signed by Johns Hopkins as president pro. tem.
Advertisement for the Baltimore and Ohio in an 1864 Baltimore city directory, promoting its repairs and reopening at one point during the war.
Table of Cumberland Coal shipped over B&O Railroad and C&O Canal, 1842–1865
Blockade of engines at Martinsburg, West Virginia, during strike in 1877
1876 B&O map
B&O route map of 1891
B&O headquarters building on North Charles Street in Baltimore
B&O stock certificate, 1903
Replacement of retaining wall of B&O in Hazelwood, Pittsburgh, 1906
B&O roundhouse complex, Martinsburg, West Virginia.
The Ellicott City Station near Baltimore, the oldest passenger station in the U.S., is now a museum devoted the B&O's role in the Civil War.
Scenes of the B&O Railroad. Decorative title page for Ele Bowen, Rambles in the Path of the Steam-Horse, 1855
Twelve and a half cent note issued by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company in 1841.
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad system map, circa 1961

The railroad faced competition from several existing and proposed enterprises, including the Albany-Schenectady Turnpike, built in 1797, the Erie Canal, which opened in 1825, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

Benjamin Wright

Benjamin Wright

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Benjamin Wright
Benjamin Wright
Profile of the original Erie Canal, ca 1830s.
Proposed route of Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

Benjamin Wright (October 10, 1770 – August 24, 1842) was an American civil engineer who was chief engineer of the Erie Canal and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

Patowmack Canal

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Series of five inoperative canals located in Maryland and Virginia, United States, that was designed to bypass rapids in the Potomac River upstream of the present Washington, D.C., area.

Series of five inoperative canals located in Maryland and Virginia, United States, that was designed to bypass rapids in the Potomac River upstream of the present Washington, D.C., area.

Lock 1 of the Patowmack Canal. Rounded pebbles and sand fill lock for stabilization. The lock is a total of 18 feet (5 m) deep.
Logo for the Patowmack Company (1785 - 1828), which built the Patowmack Canal.
The Little Falls canal was reused for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Here is part of it.
Lock 2 of the Patowmack Canal
Remains of House Falls / Long Canal / C&O Canal

This canal was later repurposed for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O), partially as Feeder #1, and as the canal itself from Lock 5 to just before Fletcher's Boat House.

The Erie Canal opened in 1825, and immediately became a rival, controlling a connection between the Great Lakes and the Eastern Seaboard.