Bicycling is a popular way to explore and enjoy the erie canalway. Bestselling author peter bernstein presents the story of the canals construction against the larger tableau of america in the first quartercentury of the 1800s. This is a 6page worksheet set to use in conjunction with any erie canal unit study in this worksheet set, youll find. More erie canalway national heritage corridor works to preserve and share our extraordinary heritage, to promote the corridor as a world class tourism destination, and to foster vibrant communities connected by more than 500 miles of. Sep 08, 2014 they took passengers and goods off of dusty or muddy roads and delivered them to their destinations faster and cheaper than by any other means. The erie canal lap book project home school in the woods. This is a cute book for children to learn about the erie canal. Miami and erie canal corridor association home facebook.
Wikipedia contains a good summary of the canals history. Take some time unplug and enjoy yourself with friends and families, adaptive bike and kayak equipment available for people with limited mobility. Lucina and ezra are characters that will gain a permanent place in the hearts of readers. Note that buoyage reverses from red on starboard right to red on port left, north of champlain canal lock 12 at whitehall, and on the entire length of the oswego canal. From waterfords erie canal welcome center a must stop it will be like traveling back in time as you work your way to amsterdam, canajoharie, herkimer, rome, sylvan beach and up to oswego. As part of the nys curriculum, teaching about the new york state canal system can be a fun way to explore the past and discover how the erie canal shaped not only new york state, but america. July 1, 1827, the first water flowed into the canal from abner enochs mill race north of middletown. Two daylong bus tours every year, in spring and fall, of canal era sites across ohio and nearby states. Cargo, passenger, and combination cargo and passenger. They also supported the miami and erie transportation company in their attempt to lay tracks and pull the canal boats by means of an. The historical value of these maps is immeasurable to canal enthusiasts and cartographers. Laminate this and use a small poster in your homeschool space, for further copywork, or for memorizing the song. To satisfy political demands additional segments were parceled out to contractors until 1845 when the entire canal was open to traffic from the ohio river to.
The sandy and beaver canal was a feeder to the ohio and erie canal and is located in columbiana county. This massive sesquicentennial quilt can be viewed in the delphos historical museum. More than threequarters of the 365mile erie canalway trail system is now complete. The cruise goes through the history of the canal and also takes passengers through lock 18. The gates were opened for the canal boat after the canal lock had reached the depth of water needed in the canal. Kendalls illustrated history brings into focus the enormous geographic and social impact of this stunning technological feat. Nov 05, 2009 miami and erie canal six mile creek aqueduct between st. Buy a cheap copy of the erie canal book by martha e. This story originally appeared in the newengland magazine, no. The erie canal museum, founded in 1962, seeks to keep erie canal history and heritage alive. We here at erie canal publishing strive to bring this rich history of the erie canal and other waterways in and around new york to everyone.
This canal was built to connect buffalo and lake erie with a direct water route to new york city. A picturesque celebration of the wedding of the waters followed the completion of the work. The miamierie canal had 105 locks and was 250 mile long. Refrain low bridge, everybody down low bridge for were coming to a town and youll always know your. The canal consisted of 85 locks to manage a 500 foot 150 meter rise in elevation from the hudson river to buffalo. Personal anecdotes and an engaging narrative describe life on the canal in.
The canal, stretching from new york to lake erie, opened up the west in the early 1800s. Up to 70% is all about the erie canal and the feat of getting it completed, on time, within budget. Copy of the first 2 verses of low bridge everybody down. The erie canal goodreads meet your next favorite book. Martin morganstein, development director of the museum, and joan h. In 1830, the ohio legislature earmarked funds for the miami and erie canal s extension to defiance and lake erie. About erie canal boat company nestled in the heart of fairport, the erie canal boat company offer customers a relaxing time on the canal waterway or its accompanying hiking and bike trails. Erie canal road trips the new york state canal system is within a days drive 400 miles of 14 states, two canadian providences as well as toronto, canadas biggest city, new york city, the nations largest city and washington d. The canal was 363 miles 584 kilometers long, 40 feet 12 m wide, and 4 feet deep 1. They took passengers and goods off of dusty or muddy roads and delivered them to their destinations faster and cheaper than by any other means. It describes what a trip on a boat would be like on the erie canal.
In the east, the ohio and erie canal extended from portsmouth to cleveland. Fifteen years on the erie canal shes a good old worker and a good old pal fifteen years on the erie canal weve hauled some barges in our day filled with lumber, coal, and hay and every inch of the way we know from albany to buffalo. The miami and erie canal deep cut is a wellpreserved long section of the miami and erie canal near spencerville in western ohio. Opened in 1825, the canal proved so commercially viable that construction of an. The full text can be found in the historical documents section. The boat carried mules and people from albany to buffalo. The sandy and beaver canal was one of many feeder canals. Miami erie canal greater grand lake visitors region. The miami and erie canal was a 274mile 441 km canal that ran from cincinnati to toledo, ohio, creating a water route between the ohio river and lake erie. We chose the erie canal great loop cruising blog info. We chose the erie canal great loop cruising blog info and. On the morning of october 26, 1825, the first flotilla of canal boats bound for the seaboard left buffalo, starting at the signal of a cannon fired at the erie intake. The canal society of ohio is a volunteer organization, founded in 1961, dedicated to recreation, education, research and preservation related to ohios historic canals.
Miami and erie canal six mile creek aqueduct between st. Exploring new yorks erie canal with 524 miles of handdug waterway to paddle, 234 historic urban centres to explore and more than 100 excellent wineries to. Directions erie canalway national heritage corridor u. The center offers numerous exhibits and displays and the lock has been restored to its 1910 appearance with wooden gates and a spillway bypass. The building of the erie canal, like the construction of the brooklyn bridge and the panama canal, is one of the greatest and most riveting stories of american ingenuity. Loramie summit was the high point of the canal at 521 above the ohio river and 395 feet above lake erie. Just north of the village along the canal is the keunningdicke natural area. The canal s route of about 25 miles through butler county touched, from north to south, middletown, amanda, excello, lesourdsville, hamilton, port union, rialto and crescentville. It is simple enough for them to understand the basics of what the canal is. Jun 12, 2012 from waterfords erie canal welcome center a must stop it will be like traveling back in time as you work your way to amsterdam, canajoharie, herkimer, rome, sylvan beach and up to oswego.
Then you have about 2% of stories from the people who worked the canals, such as a future u. Vintage postcards depict life and industry along the canal, including not only the erie itself but also the lateral. Oct 02, 2012 exploring new yorks erie canal with 524 miles of handdug waterway to paddle, 234 historic urban centres to explore and more than 100 excellent wineries to tipple at, this littleknown region. The canal entered hamilton via the hamilton basin see separate entry.
The canal, stretching from new york to lake erie, opened up the west in the. Our guides provide a historical prospective on touring the. The miami and erie canal would take an additional twelve years to finish, because the state legislature only originally authorized its completion from cincinnati to just north of dayton. In the west, the miami and erie canal connected the western interior of ohio with cincinnati and toledo.
By august 1827, trips between hamilton and middletown were possible. Overhead aqueducts were used to allow streams to cross the canal. It is simple enough for them to understand the basics of what the canal is all about. Grand lake in 1837, work commenced on the reservoir for the miamierie canal to maintain the canals 4 water depth. There were a variety of canal boats used on the miamierie canal. Covid19 advisory for the health and safety of meetup communities, were advising that all events be hosted online in the coming weeks. On october 25, 1825, the entire length of the erie canal was complete. The erie canal tells the story of one of americas most ambitious publicworks projects. Cregg, volunteer guide and researcher at the museum, have carefully selected from the museums extensive collection over two hundred images that depict life on the erie canal. An erie canal cruise company, based in herkimer, operates from midmay until midoctober with daily cruises. Renamed the miami erie canal when the final leg was opened in 1845, the canal carried goods from ohios interior to eastern ports via lake erie and new yorks erie canal. School resources classroom ideas additional resources about the new york state canals. Travel by boat, bike, car, or train, the canal is just a few hours from nyc, boston, montreal, and toronto.
The paved and stone dust trail follows the former towpath along sections of the original erie canal and the canalized seneca and mohawk rivers. The building of the erie canal was the engineering marvel that unleashed the growth of the young nation that was the united states. Erie canal is a compilation of 200 vintage images from the erie canal museums documentary collection of new yorks canal system. Known as clintons big ditch, it took some time before the importance of this waterway connecting the atlantic ocean and the great lakes was fully appreciated. Jun 15, 2007 the erie canal tells the story of one of americas most ambitious publicworks projects. In 1830, the ohio legislature earmarked funds for the miami and erie canals extension to defiance and lake erie. Two daylong bus tours every year, in spring and fall, of.
Definitely more of a history book as opposed to an engineering book on how the canal was built, but definitely worth the read to realize the impact the canal had on society at the time. Although it is a worthwhile read, to me this book is more of a political history of new york state from 1810 to 1830 than a book on the building of the erie canal. A nonfiction book about the building of the erie canal and the boomtowns a word actually invented for this time and place. Dewitt clinton, new york state built the waterway that opened the west to settlement and made new york city the center of finance and commerce. Today, with the help of government, corporations, and citizens, many parts of the ohio canal system have been preserved or restored and can. Counties are arranged from north to south along the distance of the canals. Bluebird of brockport, a novel of the erie canal great. In 1878, the miami and erie canal association was formed to help upgrade the canal. Seeing history on the erie canal is now available on amazon. By 1845, the canal connected cincinnati on the ohio river and toledo on lake erie. The miami and erie canal corridor association mecca is a 501 c3 organization created to champion the cause of. At its peak, it included 19 aqueducts, three guard locks, 103 canal locks, multiple feeder canals, and a few manmade.
Dorsey and later by local banker henry flesh, the association promoted the building of new canal boats and the general improvement of the canal. The erie canal is a famed waterway that has connected the hudson river to lake erie for nearly 200 years. Erie canal boat company fairport 2020 all you need to. The miami and erie canal corridor association mecca is a 501 c3 organization created to champion the cause of the historic. Kelly has three main strands running through his narrative, as seen in his subtitle. The 6,600foot 2,000 m segment represents one of the major construction efforts of the canal. From toledo to cincinnati, the miami and erie canal provided western ohio with that sorely needed waterway and became part of the 1,000 miles of ohio canals contributing to the national network of canals. On the morning of october 26, 1825, the first flotilla of canalboats bound for the seaboard left buffalo, starting at the signal of a cannon fired at the erie in. Miami and erie canal by bill oeters and nancy gulick. Nathaniel hawthorne wrote poetically in the canal boat about his trip on the erie canal in 1835. This story was based on a song about the erie canal. Feb 23, 2009 the erie canal museum was chartered in 1962 with the intent of preserving and interpreting new yorks canal systems. Such mooring is free of charge, though services provided at the facility, such as electric, water and pumpouts, may have a charge associated with them. The erie canal and the paradox of progress, 18171862.
Ohios canals began with the formation of a canal commission on january 31, 1822. Each town has a story to tell and wed suggest the skipper bob, new york canal system, guide to not only help you navigate, but to learn a little. Three manmade lakes indian lake, grand lake, and lake loramie were created to maintain water levels through parts of the canal. Kitzmann is the curator of the museums collection, which contains thousands of postcards as well as fine art and archival materials. The miami extension to troy was not started until 1833. The first largescale canal project was begun in new york state by the erie canal commission. Marys, delphos and defiance sections of the buckeye trail.102 1462 462 1369 121 137 1473 1625 916 28 104 429 169 968 4 1382 6 852 1144 365 140 1527 997 664 391 214 1050 1508 621 4 451 1261 1217 650 1080 1090 553 286 501 1285 1226 105 202 1351 481 595 859 913