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

Canal that traverses east–west through upstate New York, eastern United States, as part of the cross-state route of the New York State Canal System .

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Erie Canal map c. 1840

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Lock 30 at Macedon, 2006

New York State Canal System

Lock 30 at Macedon, 2006
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Present-day Erie Canal near Bushnell's Basin, southeast of Rochester, New York
Lock 27 in Lyons, New York

The New York State Canal System (formerly known as the New York State Barge Canal) is a successor to the Erie Canal and other canals within New York.

Cayuga–Seneca Canal

Canal in New York, United States.

Canal in New York, United States.

The Seneca River
Lock on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal
Cayuga–Seneca Canal from Seneca Lake State Park, Geneva, New York.
Cayuga–Seneca Canal at the Northern tip of Seneca Lake.
Cayuga–Seneca Canal from Seneca Falls, New York.

The Cayuga–Seneca Canal connects the Erie Canal to Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake.

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

Canal

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

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

Lake Champlain-River Richelieu watershed

Lake Champlain

Natural freshwater lake in North America mainly within the borders of the United States (in the states of Vermont and New York) but also across the Canada–U.S. border into the Canadian province of Quebec.

Natural freshwater lake in North America mainly within the borders of the United States (in the states of Vermont and New York) but also across the Canada–U.S. border into the Canadian province of Quebec.

Lake Champlain-River Richelieu watershed
Sentinel-2 satellite photo
Lake Champlain in Burlington Harbor during sunset on May 27, 2012
Brooklyn Museum – Green Mountains, Lake Champlain – Winckworth Allan Gay – overall
Map of Lac Champlain, from Fort de Chambly up to Fort St-Fréderic in Nouvelle France. Cadastral map showing concessions and seigneuries on the coasts of the lake according to 1739 surveying.
Charlotte Ferry, Lake Champlain
The Champlain Valley as seen from Camel's Hump
Lake Champlain, Charlotte, Vermont
Dutton House, Shelburne Museum
Stagecoach Inn, Shelburne Museum
Sawmill, Shelburne Museum
A 1902 photograph of Fort Henry at Lake Champlain
The Champlain Bridge between New York and Vermont, demolished in December 2009
The LCTC ferry slip at Grand Isle, Vermont
The Swanton-Alburgh trestle spans Lake Champlain between the two Vermont towns: a distance of about 0.8 mi.
At sunset, looking west from Grand Isle to Plattsburgh and Crab Island
The lighthouse in Lake Champlain at dusk, as seen from Burlington, VT
USCG, Burlington, Vermont – main installation
Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife boat docked near ECHO Aquarium

Lake Champlain has been connected to the Erie Canal via the Champlain Canal since the canal's official opening on September 9, 1823: the same day as the opening of the Erie Canal from Rochester on Lake Ontario to Albany.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, abbreviated as the C&O Canal and occasionally called the "Grand Old Ditch," operated from 1831 until 1924 along the Potomac River between Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, Maryland.

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, abbreviated as the C&O Canal and occasionally called the "Grand Old Ditch," operated from 1831 until 1924 along the Potomac River between Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, Maryland.

Map of planned route.
A boat on the canal, circa 1900-1924
Canal boats waiting to be unloaded in Georgetown.
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.
C&O Canal in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Boat construction yard in Cumberland, MD
Map of Terminus in Cumberland in the mid 1890s. Yellow dots indicate modern highways as well as current (2013) location of Canal basin.
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.
5 and 10 dollar notes, from C&O Canal company
Floodwaters around Lock 6 in 1936
Great Falls feeder culvert (no longer used) indicated by yellow arrow(14.08 mi), and Lock 18 (R).
Boat at Big Slackwater
An informal overflow. The towpath dips, allowing water to flow over it. Note the boards in the background for people to walk on.
Paw Paw Tunnel
Remains of the inclined plane
Culvert #30 lets Muddy Branch under the canal
Repairs at Big Pool
Mules being fed.
A steamboat on the C&O Canal. Note the steering wheel and the smokestack on this boat
Children tethered to canal boat. This photo was probably taken in one of the Cumberland basins.
Model interior of a C&O Canal freight boat
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.

Perspective map of Mechanicville from the late 19th century by L.R. Burleigh showing the Champlain Canal and Hudson River

Champlain Canal

60 mi canal in New York that connects the Hudson River to the south end of Lake Champlain.

60 mi canal in New York that connects the Hudson River to the south end of Lake Champlain.

Perspective map of Mechanicville from the late 19th century by L.R. Burleigh showing the Champlain Canal and Hudson River
Tug and barge on the Champlain Canal during the 1980s
Second-generation water supply locks (the five combines), built to supply water from the Hudson River to the Champlain canal, Glens Falls Feeder, Fort Edward, NY. Also utilized as secondary locks to navigate from Glen's Falls to Champlain canal. Not in use.

It was simultaneously constructed with the Erie Canal for use by commercial vessels, fully opening in 1823.

Cayuga Lake as viewed in the late afternoon from Cornell University

Cayuga Lake

Longest of central New York's glacial Finger Lakes, and is the second largest in surface area and second largest in volume.

Longest of central New York's glacial Finger Lakes, and is the second largest in surface area and second largest in volume.

Cayuga Lake as viewed in the late afternoon from Cornell University
Map of the Finger Lakes
Winter view of the head of Cayuga Lake
AES Cayuga, on the eastern shore of the lake
Cornell West Campus and Cayuga Lake, as seen from McGraw Tower

It is connected to Lake Ontario by the Erie Canal and Seneca Lake by the Seneca River.

Aerial view from the southern part of Seneca Lake.

Seneca Lake (New York)

Largest of the glacial Finger Lakes of the U.S. state of New York, and the deepest glacial lake entirely within the state.

Largest of the glacial Finger Lakes of the U.S. state of New York, and the deepest glacial lake entirely within the state.

Aerial view from the southern part of Seneca Lake.
Seneca Lake from Watkins Glen
Map showing Seneca Lake and the other Finger Lakes in relation to Lake Ontario and upstate New York
Looking south on Seneca Lake in the city of Geneva, New York
Seneca Harbor wine center
Vineyards in the Seneca Lake AVA

The settlers' isolation ended in 1825 with the opening of the Erie Canal.

Genesee River

Tributary of Lake Ontario flowing northward through the Twin Tiers of Pennsylvania and New York in the United States.

Tributary of Lake Ontario flowing northward through the Twin Tiers of Pennsylvania and New York in the United States.

Below Upper Falls in Letchworth State Park
Upper Falls in Rochester
A View of the Casconchiagon or Great Seneca Falls, Lake Ontario, taken 1766 by Thomas Davies
The High Falls in downtown Rochester
The Middle Falls in Letchworth State Park
Genesee River in the Town of Caneadea

If "not for hydropower, the flour mills, clothing mills, and tool fabricators would not have located in Rochester", and the 1825 Erie Canal allowed the mills to ship products to New York City.

Capital District, New York

Metropolitan area surrounding Albany, the capital of the U.S. state of New York.

Metropolitan area surrounding Albany, the capital of the U.S. state of New York.

Capital District settlements in 1771
Albany County in 1777
Timeline of the breakup of the counties in the Capital District
Waterwheel at Burden Iron Works on the Wynantskill in Troy
Colonie Center, the Capital District's first enclosed mall
Several brownstones on Fifth Avenue in Troy
View of Albany County from Thacher State Park
A photographer taking in the floral scene at the Tulip Fest, 2009
Hurricane Bay wave pool at Six Flags Great Escape
The Albany Institute of History and Art in Albany
The Canfield Casino, home of the first club sandwich in 1894
The Times Union Center in Albany, the largest sporting and concert venue in the Capital District
Albany Medical Center, the fourth largest employer in the Capital District
Map of the constituent MSAs within the Albany-Schenectady-Amsterdam CSA:
 Albany-Schenectady-Troy
 Glens Falls
 Hudson
 Amsterdam
 Gloversville
Albany High School
The Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge carries Interstate 87 between Saratoga and Albany counties.
CDTA Gillig hybrid bus, in Schenectady, with iRide branding
Albany International Airport main entrance
Albany-Rensselaer station
Fort Edward station

The Champlain and Erie canals were opened in 1823, and 1825, respectively.