Traveling through History: The Erie Canal

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While on vacation recently, I visited the canal in Lockport, where you can see the original locks alongside “newer” ones (from the early 1900s). You can also tour the caves there—these are waterways painstakingly carved from stone to reroute water to businesses, such as the first fire hydrant manufacturer. The caves are empty now, so you can walk the dark route and imagine a bit of what life was like for the workers (some children) who blasted through them. Lockport was a bustling town during the days of the original canal, when passage for a single boat took at least three hours and folks would linger, but the town’s fortunes dwindled when the new locks were built that allowed passage in under one hour. That, as they say, is progress. Today, pleasure boats and kayaks ride on these waters through history.

I also visited the end of the canal in Buffalo a few years ago on a walking tour. Buffalo is a (now resurgent) city that rose from Erie Canal traffic, and the ruins of its terminus remain, along with tales of a wild time that could be had for those disembarking. I haven’t yet made it to the Albany side of the canal, but surely that’s to come. What continues to amaze me is the imagination behind and engineering of this canal, and its impact, despite a very limited lifetime. Originally considered a folly, the 363-mile Erie Canal was an instant success—moving some 62 percent of all US goods in 1853 and cutting transportation costs by an astounding 95 percent. It established New York City as the economic powerhouse, surpassing the ports of Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Boston. But the canal’s creation and the population growth along its route also resulted in the dispossession of many Native Americans, disrupting their ways of life forever.

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Traci Cothran is the director of Gale’s K12 content team as well as a history buff, so she can often be found watching videos from the early 1900s in金宝搏彩票大风在上下文:世界历史