The Erie Canal

The Erie Canal (HM2EAZ)

Location: Fultonville, NY 12072 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 54.993', W 74° 26.829'

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An Engineering Marvel

Locks Open the Way

The Erie Canal originally scaled some 700 feet in elevation changes along its route from Rome, New York to Buffalo. This was accomplished by building a series of 83 locks to accomodate changes in water levels. These chambers with gates acted as boat elevators, letting in or releasing water to raise or lower boats.

Today's Canal

After increases in size over the years, today's canal locks are 328 feet long and 45 feet wide, with a water depth of 12 feet, allowing vessels 300 feet long and 43.5 wide to pass through.

King of the Canals

The Erie Canal, which marked its 200th anniversary in 2017, is the oldest continuously operating canal in the United States. The entire New York Canal System has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Nearby Attractions

-Erie Canal Heritage Center at Fort Byron, Fort Byron
-Camillus Erie Canal Park, Camillus
-Old Erie Canal State Historic Park, Dewitt to Rome
Series This marker is part of the Erie Canal series, and the National Historic Landmarks series.
Placed ByPath Through History/ I Love New York
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Date Added Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 545122 N 4751696
Decimal Degrees42.91655000, -74.44715000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 54.993', W 74° 26.829'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 54' 59.58" N, 74° 26' 49.74" W
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Area Code(s)518
Closest Postal AddressAt or near I-90, Fultonville NY 12072, US
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