Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #39

This article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) is about the aqueducts that carried the Erie Canal over the Genesee River. The second one (in his drawing) is still there but covered over with Broad Street. In the fall underneath is usually open for …

Continue reading ‘Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #39’ »

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 …

Continue reading ‘Erie Canal Anniversary’ »