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Even at 200, the magnificent Erie Canal is as vibrant as ever

posted by Deb Denny at 2017-07-07 09:45:00



 


DDid you know that 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Erie Canal's construction? Boaters using the Canal will be able to enjoy a special break in recognition of the 200th anniversary – there will be no tolls or fees for recreational vessels traveling the NY State Canal System in 2017.
 


To commemorate this milestone, a variety of celebrations are planned both locally and statewide beginning with a “Kickoff Celebration” in Rome to commemorate the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Erie Canal that took place in July 1817. 
 

 

 


These celebrations and other events honoring the construction of the history-making Erie Canal System will not only take place in 2017, but during a “bicentennial period” from 2017-2025, representing the span of construction of the Erie Canal.
 

 

< Packet Boat Print, at the Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse.
 


 

Why is the Erie Canal System getting such a long and lofty birthday bash? For starters, this technological and infrastructural wonder forever changed the course of American history by opening up trade to America’s west in the early 19th century. Stretching more than 500 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor encompasses New York's canal system and the communities that grew along its shores.
 

 

Today, the Erie Canal region  in Upstate New York provides all kinds of water activities like cruising, sailing, rowing, canoeing and kayaking, motor boating and some of the best fishing anywhere. Even though it is now renamed the New York State Canal System, its legend still flows mightily through its locks, rivers and lakes as well as communities in the area that proudly retain and showcase their Canal heritage for all to appreciate.

 

posted at: 2017-07-07 09:45:00, last updated: 2017-09-17 22:00:37

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