Port Byron's Lock 52

Port Byron's Lock 52 (HM1YFA)

Location: Port Byron, NY 13140 Cayuga County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 2.201', W 76° 38.189'

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Lock 52 on the Erie Canal was once a busy place. Built in 1851 and lengthened on the berm side in 1887 to accommodate two boats hitched together in tandem, the lock created a popular stopping point for canal boatmen. The 11-foot lift at Lock 52 made it one of the deepest locks on the Enlarged Erie Canal. It was also one of only five locks on the Enlarged Canal where eastbound boats were raised rather than lowered. The lower (western) end of Lock 52 was the easternmost point to which water from Lake Erie flowed in the Enlarged Erie Canal. In 1918, the current Canal System opened bypassing Port Byron and Lock 52 on a new alignment several miles to the north. Left behind was the impressive stone structure of Lock 52, a reminder of the bygone era of the Enlarged Erie Canal.
Series This marker is part of the Erie Canal series
Year Placed2016
Placed ByNew York State Thruway Authority / Canal Corporation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 5:58pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 366691 N 4766187
Decimal Degrees43.03668333, -76.63648333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 2.201', W 76° 38.189'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 2' 12.06" N, 76° 38' 11.34" W
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Area Code(s)315
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, Port Byron NY 13140, US
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