Low bridge, everybody down ... Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal
As our quest to see amazing sites in America continued, we stopped at the Erie Canal. An amazing feat, dug mostly by the Irish with the incentive of whiskey, in 1820's and completed in 1825. This canal allowed goods to be transported through the Great Lakes out to the Atlantic Ocean or vice versa. It created an economic boom for New York, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. And was the inspiration of for "Low Bridge, Everybody Down".
Today the canal is mostly used for recreational traffic but can still be used to move heavy barges.
As technologically advanced a society as we are this was a cool process to watch. And what an amazing feat to be completed in 1825. There was a small interactive museum and the kids got to play with moving a barge through the locks.
Very cool stop. We recommend this to anyone learning and trying to understand early American ingenuity. We owe a debt of gratitude to the men who created this canal system. Although not used today it was a very important stepping stone in American history. Now on to Niagara Falls!