The Erie Canal created wealth in towns and villages  that connected Albany to distance of 360 miles .

First opened in 1825, the Erie Canal proved a successful Canal that would make New York City the economic engine of the
Erie Canal History Albany to Buffalo
In 1825 The Erie Canal Opened a Water Route Of 365 Miles From Albany To Buffalo
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Barges pulled by draft animals on canal towpaths made the trip in ten days
Remnants of the 1825 Erie Canal, the first of three versions, offers historic sites and old towpaths where horses once pulled the boats
until they were championed by Governor of New York and work started in 1817.
The Erie Canal was completed in 1825 and made it possible to travel by boat from Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east.
This engineering marvel was called at times Clinton's Folly but proved to be a boon to New York City, making it the financial center of the Americas.
The Canal once touted as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" has seen two major rebuilding phases. Once steam power came in, the towpaths along the old course fell to disuse.
Railroads built track along the canal and then as that mode of transport gave way to airplanes and trucking, the flat and wide rail beds became bike and walking paths.
Just as they would have in the past boats tie up in  villages for the night.
Boats of narrow beam with a shallow draft  carried finished goods to the west while carrying grain, ore, and timber east
Modern Locks built in 1917 open for the passage of a boat bound for NY City
Erie Canal's tow paths have been paved for safe biking and walking. The once prosperous manufacturing towns have attempted to change and stay vital, now attracting tourism.
Much of the Canal equipment has been preserved and is 1920s vintage
The modern Erie Barge canal incorporates 35 locks to lift boats 566 feet from
Much of the Erie Canal lock equipment has been meticulously preserved and is 1917 vintage, the time of the last major improvement.
The first canal built in 1825 was 40 feet wide and four feet deep. Boats could carry as much as 30 tons of freight.
The once prosperous industrial towns along the Erie Canal now host cruise boats and pleasure boats making the passage between the sea and the Great Lakes.
A rail line and trolley once used the old towpath near Schenectady that is now a paved bike and walking trail
The sections of the Erie Canal on the eastern end use the Mohawk River for navigation and to replenish water in the locks. Long bike and walking trail follow the river near Schenectady.
On the eastern end of the Erie Canal, 23 locks lift boats 363 feet to Lake Oneida.
Old locks from 1825 and aqueducts parks and part of the heritage.
Direct current winch motors made in 1903 by general electric in Schenectady, New York still serve.
Niagara Falls offers biking to the overlooks
A 1919 railroad bridge crosses the Erie Canal
The Erie Canal ends in Tonawanda where it joins the Niagara River not far from Niagara falls
The now abandoned tow paths have become bike trails
Erie Canal history includes the prosperity brought to towns and villages that connected Albany to Buffalo New York, a distance of 360 miles.  The Erie Canal's success would make New York City the wealthy hub of the Empire State.
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Albany at the east end of the Erie canal has air service from
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Interstate highway 90 runs parallel to the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo
  • Bus
Greyhound, Trailways, and other bus lines service Buffalo and Albany.  Bikes can go aboard in the luggage compartment
•Baggage must not exceed 62 inches when adding the total exterior dimensions of the piece (length + width + height). A charge of $30 - $40 (depending on the distance traveled) will be applied to any baggage above the 62-inch limit.
◦Packaging exceptions will only be made for the following items: bicycles, skis and ski poles must be packed in wood, canvas or other substantial container, and securely fastened    (Excerpted from Greyhound)
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Amtrak, Albany-Rensselaer, NY, (ALB) To Buffalo,  Depew, NY,  (BUF),   $47 USD , five hours
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Historic preservation and maintenance requires daily works on the Erie Barge Canal
Near the Erie Canal's end in Tonawanda, a 1919 railroad bridge crosses the canal
The first canal built in 1825 was abandoned in favor of a deeper and wider canal
Niagara Falls offers biking to the viewpoints and  overlooks
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Erie Canal history includes an enlarging of the original canal and the introduction of motorized equipment.
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