The Erie Canal
The Erie Canal has been in
continuous operation here since the canal opened between Rochester
and Little Falls in 1822. At that time it was derisively called
“Clinton’s Ditch,” a term used fondly today. A dramatic
country-altering success, the canal was widened into the “Enlarged
Erie” starting in 1835 and then widened again between 1905 and 1918
to accommodate self-powered vessels and barges. While these routes
differed elsewhere across the state, here they roughly follow the
same path. This tour passes the many significant structures of
today’s canal, occasional remnants of Clinton’s Ditch, and numerous
historic sites of the Enlarged Erie. Also welcoming you will be the
now historic communities that developed along this grand waterway.
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor’s
National Significance and Historic Context.
Enjoy the Erie Canal!