Want to learn more about this method of shipping wheat to market on a 30 ton barge (1817) and the evolution of the size to recommended 1,000 tons? Did
you know that moving people west was so those barges wouldn't have to "dead head" back to the western farmlands?
History of the Erie Canal http://www.history.rochester.edu/canal/
Among other links, see:
---- Topographical map of canal west of Rochester - (215k)
---- 1868 color map of New York canals and railroads - (255k)
---- Evolution of boats used on Erie Canal, 1825-1899
---- Evolution of canal cross section (prism), 1825-1899
At another site providing historical background we read "Opened in 1825, the
Erie Canal was the engineering marvel of the 19th Century. When the planning for what many derided as "Clinton's Folly" began, there was not a single
school of engineering in the United States. With the exception of a few places where black powder was used to blast through rock formations, all 363
miles were built by the muscle power of men and horses." See: http://www.canals.state.ny.us/cculture/history/
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