On January 11, 2017 the National Historic Society named the Erie Canal as a National Historical Landmark.
This waterway is approximately 363 miles long and 36 locks to get one from Albany at the Hudson River to Buffalo at Lake Erie.
The canal was first proposed in the 1780's; again in 1807 and executed in 1808 with construction beginning in 1817 and opened in October of 1825.
The major reason was to move goods from New York City to the west and back and cut the cost of transporting goods almost 95%.
At the time the then Govenor of New York was DeWitt Clinton thus the name Clintons Ditch or Folly.
The water way runs through a number of towns in our area and promotes paths, boatin and festivals.
A portion runs through Rochester, New York and now gives us three also including The George Eastman House and the Susan B. Anthony House.
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