American Elephants


In 1825, The Erie Canal Opened, made New York the Chief Atlantic Port. by The Elephant's Child
October 31, 2017, 6:27 am
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Economy, History, The United States | Tags: ,

The period from 1817 to 1844 has been referred to as the Canal Era, in which some 4,000 miles of canals were constructed at a cost of $200 million. The earliest and best were built by private businesses such as the Middlesex Canal in Massachusetts and the Santee and Cooper in South Carolina.

The Erie Canal was the most famous—its completion so anticipated that it collected an advance $1 million in tolls. It was 40′ wide, 4′ deep and 363 miles long, all bordered with towpaths, 86 locks to raise and lower boats 565′.

New York State, The Improved Canal System — from: The Canal System of New York State / Charles L. Cadle — Re-issued and revised (Albany : J.B. Lyon Co., printers, 1921)

The painting at the top is by George Harvey Pitsford, 1837
Courtesy of the Memorial Art Museum University of Rochester

And There Were Songs

.Oh the Er-i-e is a-rising………………….I’ve got a mule,and her name is Sal
.And the gin is a-getting low………………Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal
.I scarcely think……………………..;;;;…..She’s a good old worker,
.We’ll get a drink……………………….,….And a good old Pal
Till we get to Buffalo……………………….Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal
Till We get to Buffalo………………………We hauled some barges in our day
………………………………………………Filled with lumber, coal and hay
………………………………………………And we know ev’ry inch of the way
………………………………………………From Albany to Buffalo

………………………………………………Low bridge! Ev’rybody down!
………………………………………………Low bridge, we’re coming to a town
………………………………………………And you’ll always know your neighbor
………………………………………………You’ll always know your pal
………………………………………………If you’ve ever navigated on the Erie Canal

 


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