Erie Canal Anniversary

Today is the 190th anniversary of the opening of the Erie Canal. Construction started in 1817 on what would be called “Clinton’s Ditch.” Governor Dewitt Clinton was responsible for getting the project’s approval. The original canal was 363 miles long from Albany to Buffalo. It also raised boats 585 feet in elevation over the length …

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Old News – Editorials

The Erie Canal is opening for the season. It has been expanded and the new name is the Barge Canal but most everyone still referred to as the Erie. THE FAIRPORT HERALD Wednesday, April 21, 1915 EDITORIAL COMMENT The “Raging Erie,” according to the official announcement of Superintendent of Public Works Wotherspoon, will be in …

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Old News – Brockport Bridge

A long article about the lift bridge over the Erie Canal being built on Main Street in Brockport. Although the bridge has had some re-builds over the years, it basically looks the same as it was 100 years ago when it was finished. THE BROCKPORT REPUBLIC Thursday, April 15, 1915 THE NEW MAIN STREET BRIDGE …

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