Lockport Flight of Five

Lockport New York-Erie Canal-New York State Barge System

The Erie Canal System was built in three historic stages beginning in 1817.  Today the  Erie canal follows basically the same course as the enlarged 19th- century canals.


To overcome the great elevation of the Niagara Escarpment, the original canal builders constructed a unique flight of five double locks, to lower easterly and raise westerly bound boats some sixty feet.  This was an engineering marvel of its time.

Life on the barges:

Wicket Gates:

Upper and lower area:

Removing debris:

Historical designation:


To read more about the history of the canal click here

This post was inspired by:

Jo’s Monday walk




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