Monday, January 31, 2011

Erie Canal


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  • 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. pics from Palmyra, NY

Articles articles -Region celebrates the anniversary of the Erie Extension Canal - Publication: New York State Conservationist
Publication Date: 01-FEB-03 – Newspaper article Erie Canal Exemplifies Engineering - Erie Canal Harbor Officially Opens to Public (press release)
July 2, 2008 03:30 PM

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