Enlarged Lock 23

Enlarged Lock 23 (HM1RKA)

Location: Schenectady, NY 12306 Schenectady County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 49.334', W 73° 59.237'

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About 3000 feet from modern Lock 8 is Lock 23, built in 1841 during the enlargement of the Erie Canal (1836-1862). It replaced original Erie Canal Lock 26.
Enlarging the canal became imperative by the mid-1830's after user demand outstripped the capacity of the first Erie Canal. The Enlarged Erie Canal deepened the canal prism from four to seven feet and widened it from forty to seventy feet for accommodating larger and heavier barges. Single-chambered locks were replaced by double-chambered locks allowing barges to pass in the either direction at the same time. One of the two locks here was lengthened again in 1889 to provide greater capacity, although by then the Canal was losing customers and volume to a railroad system that had been expanding since the Civil War.
Today, Lock 23 is a relic, replaced in 1918 by Lock 8 of the modern Erie Canal which employed the current technology of the early 20th century: electricified locks, steel lock gates and a 12-foot deep prism servicing mechanized barges of up to 3000 tons.
Series This marker is part of the Erie Canal series
Placed BySchenectady County & NYS Canal Corporation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees42.82223333, -73.98728333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 49.334', W 73° 59.237'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 49' 20.04" N, 73° 59' 14.22" W
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Area Code(s)518
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Mohawk Hudson Bikeway, Schenectady NY 12306, US
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