Monday, January 31, 2011
Building the Erie Canal
http://history1800s.about.com/od/canals/tp/eriecanal01.htm -The Erie Canal, built between 1817 and 1825
http://www.eriecanal.org/UnionCollege/timeline.html - timeline and process of building the canal w/ pics ( click on the side links on the left)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_Canal - old and modern pics
http://www.buffaloah.com/h/erieC/links.html - modern pics
http://www.eriecanalvideos.com/videos.html - pics and videos
http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/view/search;jsessionid=27B23E5454C20D229265B1F6005B4BBF?QuickSearchA=QuickSearchA&q=erie+canal&sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&search=Search - maps
http://www.canals.ny.gov/cculture/history/ - brief history
http://www.byways.org/stories/64070 - pics and brief info.
http://www.history.rochester.edu/canal/chron.htm - Erie Canal chronology and bibliography
http://www.vintageviews.org/vv-tl/pages/broad_st.htm - Erie Canal is converted into Rochester’s subway
http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/eriecanal/ - Erie Canal Time Machine (click on the links on the left)
http://www.nygeo.org/eriecanal.html - sections of the Erie Canal + pics (click on the arrow)
http://www3.libraryweb.org/uploadedFiles/MCLS/Local_History_New/Pathfinders/RPL_TakeErieCanalHome_F.pdf - large pics of the Erie Canal, from different areas in NY
http://www.applet-magic.com/eriecanal.htm - economic history of the Erie canal
http://new.visitrochester.com/grouptours/waterways/ - Erie Canal Trivia/ info. >>Erie Canal Trivia
- The opening of the Erie Canal was "announced" in just two hours by cannons firing in sequence from Buffalo to New York City. The first boats arrived nine days later!
- At the turn in Medina, the canal is running in an aqueduct so if you stop and look over the edge, you can see people fishing from boats under you!
- The speed limit on the first canal was 4 miles per hour. It's 6 to 10 miles per hour today.
- Mules are the infertile offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.
- Not only trains halt traffic! Boats on the canal can bring motorists to a standstill when lift bridges are raised above the road level to let them pass.
- Holley was named for canal commissioner Myron Holley...who never visited there!
- The cargo of the first commercial vessel on the Erie Canal was a floating "zoo" of animals behind DeWitt Clinton's boat, "Seneca Chief."
- The original Erie Canal attracted a wide range of businesses from floating saloons and brothels to an "exhibit" of a dead sperm whale.
- In the early days, most captains and their families lived on board their boats and spent their entire lives going back and forth on the canal.
- Mules were kept on the boat and were "steered" on and off by the tail across a "horse bridge" that was stored on the roof.
- Susan B. Anthony and her family arrived in Rochester on the Erie Canal and many slaves escaped to freedom by using it.
- Inland "ports" (such as Fairport, Brockport, and Spencerport) took their names from their location on the canal route.
http://www.visitpalmyrany.com/attractions/erie_canal.html pics from Palmyra, NY
http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091205/NEWS02/312049871/-1/NEWS -Region celebrates the anniversary of the Erie Extension Canal
http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-2470157/Erie-Canal-viable-east-west.html - Publication: New York State Conservationist
Publication Date: 01-FEB-03
http://www.buffalowaterfront.com/Erie_Canal_Harbor_Officially_Opens.php - Erie Canal Harbor Officially Opens to Public (press release)
July 2, 2008 03:30 PM
Sunday, January 30, 2011