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:
Upper and lower area:
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