Life on the Barges

Life on the Barges (HM1GGF)

Location: Lockport, NY 14094 Niagara County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 10.262', W 78° 41.579'

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Life aboard the canal barges involved hard work. All members of the family had important roles. The man would be in charge of the animals and manage the entire operation. The wife (and mother) had many chores in addition to caring for the household. Children pitched in and often acted as the "hoggee" driving the mules down the path.

President James Garfield as a teenager decided to "strike out on his own" and for some time worked as a "hoggee."

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James Garfield (1831-1881) was the 20th President of the United States. During the 4th month of his term in office he was assassinated. His father had worked on the construction of the Erie Canal, and at age 16, James Garfield found temporary employment as a hoggee. This term was used to describe the young boys who were hired to care for and guide the mules that pulled the boats along the towpath of the canal.
Series This marker is part of the Erie Canal series
Marker Number12
Placed ByNew York State Canals
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 12:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 687522 N 4782391
Decimal Degrees43.17103333, -78.69298333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 10.262', W 78° 41.579'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 10' 15.72" N, 78° 41' 34.74" W
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Area Code(s)716, 585
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 Pine St, Lockport NY 14094, US
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