A report on Erie Canal

Erie Canal map c. 1840
Aqueduct over the Mohawk River at Rexford, one of 32 navigable aqueducts on the Erie Canal
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.
Profile of the original canal
Operations at Lockport, New York, in 1839
Stonework of lock abandoned because of route change, at Durhamville, New York
An original five-step lock structure crossing the Niagara Escarpment at Lockport, now without gates and used as a cascade for excess water
Erie Canal lock in Lockport, New York
1853 map of New York canals emboldened, center: the Erie Canal; other lines: railroads, rivers and county borders
Lithograph of the Erie Canal at Lockport, New York c. 1855. Published for Herrman J. Meyer, 164 William Street, New York City.
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.
Upstream view of the downstream lock at Lock 32, Pittsford, New York
Map of the "Water Level Routes" of the New York Central Railroad (purple), West Shore Railroad (red) and Erie Canal (blue)
Rochester, New York, aqueduct c. 1890
Two "low" lift bridges in Lockport, New York, July 2010
The modern Erie Canal has 34 locks, which are painted with the blue and gold colors of the New York State Canal System.
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
The Old Erie Canal and its towpath at Kirkville, New York, within Old Erie Canal State Historic Park
Buffalo's Erie Canal Commercial Slip in Spring 2008
Erie Canal Lock 18, Cohoes, New York
Old Erie Canal State Historic Park, DeWitt, New York
The modern single lock at the Niagara Escarpment

Historic canal in upstate New York that runs east-west between the Hudson River and Lake Erie.

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DeWitt, New York

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Town in Onondaga County, New York, United States.

Town in Onondaga County, New York, United States.

Southern DeWitt from I-481
An Office Building off I-481 in the flat northern part of DeWitt.
Glacier Lake, Clark Reservation State Park
Wegmans DeWitt supermarket
A neighborhood in the hills of DeWitt
An office building in DeWitt. Outside of downtown Syracuse, DeWitt is home to the most employers in the region.
Towns in Onondaga County, New York
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Cooper's Tubular Arch Bridge, Old Erie Canal State Historic Park, DeWitt
Upper entrance to Fiddlers Green Park, Jamesville, New York
Le Moyne College

The original Erie Canal progressed through the town in 1825.

This photo shows the earlier years of the Erie Canal as its stone aqueduct passes over the Mohawk River through Rexford.

Rexford, New York

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Hamlet in Saratoga County, New York, United States, located on the north bank of the Mohawk River.

Hamlet in Saratoga County, New York, United States, located on the north bank of the Mohawk River.

This photo shows the earlier years of the Erie Canal as its stone aqueduct passes over the Mohawk River through Rexford.
Remains of the Rexford Aqueduct in 2016

There is a blacksmith shop across from the church which dates back to that same era, the time of the Erie Canal.

Ilion, New York

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Village in Herkimer County, New York, United States.

Village in Herkimer County, New York, United States.

It is south of the Mohawk River and Erie Canal.

Tonawanda (town), New York

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Town in Erie County, New York, United States.

Town in Erie County, New York, United States.

A house almost completely buried in snow in the blizzard of 1977 (January 30, 1977)
An F9F-6P Cougar sits in front of the Town of Tonawanda Veterans Memorial in Walter M. Kenney Field.

Rapid growth began after the construction of the Erie Canal, completed in 1825.

Chemung Canal

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Former canal in New York, United States.

Former canal in New York, United States.

It was planned to connect the Finger Lakes region and Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River watershed with New York's Erie Canal system.

Rochester subway

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Light rail rapid transit line in the city of Rochester, New York, from 1927 to 1956.

Light rail rapid transit line in the city of Rochester, New York, from 1927 to 1956.

Rochester subway entrance Court Street postcard
The aqueduct in 2015
Rochester NY Broad Street Bridge 2002
Court Street station, 2007
View of the Court Street Station, 2013
East end being filled in, January 2017
mixed-use commercial and luxury residential low-rise erected on the site, July 2018

In 1918, the Erie Canal was re-routed to bypass downtown Rochester, and in 1919 the abandoned portion of the canal was bought to serve as the route of the subway.

The Federal Lock at Troy, with dam visible on the left

Federal Dam (Troy)

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Manmade dam built across the Hudson River in the U.S. state of New York from Troy on the east bank to Green Island on the west bank.

Manmade dam built across the Hudson River in the U.S. state of New York from Troy on the east bank to Green Island on the west bank.

The Federal Lock at Troy, with dam visible on the left

Although it is the first lock encountered by vessels passing from the Hudson River into the Great Lakes by way of the New York State Canal System, and it is sometimes referred to as lock "E-1," it is not part of the Erie Canal (which officially has no "Lock 1"), nor maintained by the New York State Canal Corporation.

Barges towed by a tugboat on the River Thames in London, England, UK

Barge

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Flat-bottomed boat, built mainly for river and canal transport of bulk goods.

Flat-bottomed boat, built mainly for river and canal transport of bulk goods.

Barges towed by a tugboat on the River Thames in London, England, UK
A barge carrying recycling material on Deûle channel in Lambersart, France
Towboat pushing a barge on the Chicago River
Multiple barges pushed around a tight bend on the Cumberland River
Towboat Herbert P. Brake of New York pushes a new barge east on the Erie Canal in Fairport, New York, United States
Self-propelled car barge on the River Danube
Barges near Toulouse, France
Self-propelled barge Andromeda in canal at Hanover, Germany
Tank barge on the River Moselle, Germany
Self-propelled barge carrying bulk crushed stone
Self-propelled barge in the port of IJmuiden, Netherlands
Barge carrying the Space Shuttle external tank for STS-119 under tow to Port Canaveral, Florida, United States
Self-propelled barges on the Grand Canal of China near Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China
Coal barges passing Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the Ohio River
Royal Barge Suphannahong docked at Wat Arun pier, one of the Thai royal barges featured in the royal barge ceremony
Towboat Donna York pushing barges of coal up the Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Barge Haulers on the Volga (1870–73), by Ilya Repin
Tongkang or car barge, landed on Ketapang Port, Banyuwangi, Indonesia
Slipway at Portland Harbour, Dorset, England, holding a split dump barge (on right)
Barge on the river Mosel in Germany.
US Navy Water Type B ship Barge, YW-59, launched August 29, 1941
YFN-958 a covered lighter barge, non-Self-propelled. Built by Mare Island Navy Shipyard in 1944.
Ferrocement Barge, US-102, in the Erie Canal
WW2 concrete barge at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, UK
Sun shining into the empty asphalt barge Endeavour while under repair in Muskegon, Michigan.
thumb|A barge decorated to look like a pelican carrying a jumbotron display.

The barge and canal system contended favourably with the railways in the early Industrial Revolution before around the 1850s–1860s; for example, the Erie Canal in New York state is credited by economic historians with giving the growth boost needed for New York City to eclipse Philadelphia as America's largest port and city – but such canal systems with their locks, need for maintenance and dredging, pumps and sanitary issues were eventually outcompeted in the carriage of high-value items by the railways due to the higher speed, falling costs and route flexibility of rail transport.

Macedon, New York

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Town in Wayne County, New York, United States.

Town in Wayne County, New York, United States.

The construction and completion of the Erie Canal from 1817 to 1825 brought many new settlers to the area.

Perspective map of Weedsport and list of landmarks from 1885 by L.R. Burleigh

Weedsport, New York

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Village in Cayuga County, New York, United States.

Village in Cayuga County, New York, United States.

Perspective map of Weedsport and list of landmarks from 1885 by L.R. Burleigh

It was a port on the Erie Canal.