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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James Geddes (engineer)

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James Geddes (July 22, 1763 – August 19, 1838) was born in Carlisle in the Province of Pennsylvania and was a prominent engineer, surveyor, New York State legislator and U.S. Congressman who was instrumental in the planning of the Erie Canal and other canals in the United States.

Brockport, New York

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Village in the Town of Sweden, with two tiny portions in the Town of Clarkson, in Monroe County, New York, United States.

Village in the Town of Sweden, with two tiny portions in the Town of Clarkson, in Monroe County, New York, United States.

The village grew to importance as a port on the Erie Canal.

Canastota, New York

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Village located inside the Town of Lenox in Madison County, New York, United States.

Village located inside the Town of Lenox in Madison County, New York, United States.

Perspective map and list of landmarks for Canastota from 1885 by L.R. Burleigh
Historic marker

Located along the banks of the Erie Canal, which was completed through the Mohawk River valley by 1825, Canastota was a vibrant trading and commercial town during the mid-nineteenth century for a wide agricultural area.

Auburn and Syracuse Railroad

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The Auburn and Syracuse Railroad was incorporated on May 1, 1834, to provide easy access between Syracuse, New York, and the Erie Canal.

Chenango River

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90 mi tributary of the Susquehanna River in central New York in the United States.

90 mi tributary of the Susquehanna River in central New York in the United States.

The confluence of the Chenango River (right) and Susquehanna River (left) at Confluence Park in Downtown, Binghamton, NY.

The Chenango Canal, built from 1836–1837 between Utica and Binghamton, connected the Erie Canal in the north to the Susquehanna River.

Capital District, New York

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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.

Niagara Escarpment (in red)

Niagara Escarpment

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Long escarpment, or cuesta, in Canada and the United States that runs predominantly east–west from New York through Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

Long escarpment, or cuesta, in Canada and the United States that runs predominantly east–west from New York through Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

Niagara Escarpment (in red)
Rattlesnake Point near Milton, Ontario
The Niagara River over thousands of years carves the Niagara Gorge over and through the Niagara Escarpment

The escarpment was a major obstacle in the construction of the Erie Canal in New York and was traversed by a series of locks; the community which grew up at the site thus became known as Lockport, New York.

Clyde River (New York)

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Main tributary which feeds the Seneca River in Seneca County, New York, United States.

Main tributary which feeds the Seneca River in Seneca County, New York, United States.

Much of the original river has been channeled through to form part of the Erie Canal.

Mohawk & Hudson Historical Marker

Albany and Schenectady Railroad

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The first railroad built in the state of New York and one of the first railroads in the United States.

The first railroad built in the state of New York and one of the first railroads in the United States.

Mohawk & Hudson Historical Marker
The DeWitt Clinton as it would have appeared on its inaugural run in 1831.

It was conceived as a means of allowing Erie Canal passengers to quickly bypass the circuitous Cohoes Falls via steam powered trains.

Black River Canal

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The Black River Canal was a canal built in northern New York in the United States to connect the Erie Canal to the Black River.