Erie Canal, Bushnell's Basin, New York - looking westerly
Last Friday was a blustery, overcast day in Upstate New York where my husband and I visited relatives for the U.S. Thanksgiving. Out sightseeing (in spite of the weather) we crossed the Erie Canal.
Remember this song?
Low bridge, everybody down
Low bridge cause we're coming to a town
And you'll always know your neighbor
And you'll always know your pal
If you've ever navigated on the Erie Canal
If you want to hear the tune, you can click HERE.
1905 map of the Erie Canal
The canal was completed in 1825, linking Buffalo to Albany and then on to New York City via the Hudson River.
Erie Canal, Bushnell's Basin, New York - looking easterly
The canal was built in sections and for a while Bushnell's Basin was a terminus for all canal traffic going either east or west, which meant warehouse workers, boat handlers, tavern keepers, and wagon drivers were kept busy here for years. Superhighways built in the 1960s have made the canal commercially unimportant.
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