Erie Canal

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The State Canal Corporation is looking for ideas to bring New York's canal system into the 21st century.

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The spot where the original western terminus of the Erie Canal was located is now marked with a newly-dedicated plaque. Those dedicating it Wednesday recalled the importance of the Erie Canal in building not only Buffalo but also New York State and the United States.

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Another large building for Canalside appears closer to reality, after the city Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday approved a series of waivers to the Green Code, while ordering one significant change in the design, for a structure known as The Longshed.

Erie Canal locks restoration gets $1.2M funding stream

Jan 2, 2019
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Two of Lockport’s original Erie Canal locks are getting a $1.2 million facelift.

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When you see the giant steel lake freighters that frequent the Buffalo waterfront, it can be hard to remember the Queen City and Great Lakes region were created by wooden boats perhaps a tenth the size of the lake ships. A replica Erie Canal boat is being built at Canalside.

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In 1825, New York Gov. DeWitt Clinton made his way from Buffalo to New York City along the Erie Canal on the packet boat Seneca Chief. The event, which marked the opening of the Erie Canal, is being honored nearly 200 years later by the Buffalo Maritime Center. With a combination of private donations and state money, the center will build a replica of Clinton's vessel, a process which will be open to public viewing along Buffalo's waterfront.

Two adults charged in drowning of 6-year-old girl

Jul 23, 2018
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Greece Police have charged two people in connection with the recent drowning of a 6-year-old girl in the Erie Canal.

The body of a 5-year-old girl who went missing has been recovered from the Erie Canal in Monroe County.

NYS Canal System turns 100

May 11, 2018
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"Fifteen years on the Erie Canal," the song goes. Try 100. The New York State Canal System officially turned 100 years old Thursday with a ceremony that included a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator unveiling the plaque listing the canals as a national landmark and opening one of the locks. 

Heritage Moments: Dart, Dunbar and the colossus in the harbor

Nov 20, 2017
Detroit Publishing Co., Copyright Claimant, and Publisher Detroit Publishing Co. “River and elevators, Buffalo, foot of Main St.” Buffalo New York, ca. 1900. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.

For more than 150 years they have loomed over the river, gigantic and monstrous. Silent gray canyons lining the waterway, they form a concrete Atlantis, whispering of the wealth they once generated, the ships, the throngs of workers, the noise and traffic and bustle. Long ago, they were made of wood.


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Storytellers, singers, filmmakers and colorful troubadours will shine a spotlight on the Erie Canal tonight at a special event in North Buffalo.

The Erie Canal's 200 years old. Strike up the band.

Jul 6, 2017

The first shovels to dig the Erie Canal went into the ground on July 4th, 1817. When it was completed in 1825, the canal transformed the nation’s economy, allowing goods to move from the Hudson River to cities along the Great Lakes.

To mark the occasion, David Alan Miller, the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s music director, dreamed up the plan to commission and perform original works at seven stops along the route.


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This Fourth of July, New York is not only celebrating the nation's independence, but a 363-mile waterway that helped bring economic independence to Buffalo and other cities across the state. Begun on July 4, 1817, the Erie Canal opened in its entirety in 1825 - and a variety of events are planned over the next several years to celebrate this engineering marvel. WBFO's Marian Hetherly got into the bicentennial spirit by sitting down with Erie Canal historian and teaching artist Dave Ruch


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Tuesday will mark the 200th anniversary of the start of construction of the Erie Canal.

Three massive tanks in the shape of 60-foot-tall beer cans lie on their side on a barge, as a red tugboat pushes them down the last leg of their journey along the Erie Canal.

The Genesee Beer Co. is shipping them to Rochester as part of a massive modernization project, and public relations campaign. The fermentation tanks will be used to brew millions of bottles of beer at a time and were too large to ship by truck or train.

W. Roberts, from Marco Paul's Voyages & Travels, Erie Canal by Jacob Abbott, 1852

New York State is planning to commemorate this year's 200th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the Erie Canal with a series of major events along the waterway.

Canal designated U.S. landmark, as bicentennial approaches

Jan 12, 2017
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The New York State Barge Canal has been designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Officials at Canalside are hoping the weather cooperates as the popular waterfront destination prepares to host a grand opening of its winter activity season on Saturday.


Michael Keene is author of the book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America. He describes how this sprawling transportation system changed the world, not just by transporting goods and people, but also ideas.

With so much written about the Erie Canal already, what made you decide to write this book?

Twelve images that capture the beauty and character of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor have been selected as winners of the 11th Annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest. Winning images will be featured in the 2017 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Calendar, to be available for free in December.

Mules named Sal are hard to find these days along the Erie Canal. But almost two centuries after workers began digging its route across upstate New York, you can still see barges pushed and pulled through what some consider the first superhighway of the U.S.

As the canal prepares to celebrate its bicentennial next July, some are questioning whether the canal is still worth subsidizing.

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A local tourist attraction and banquet facility is assuring the public that maintenance on a Western New York portion of the Erie Canal will not impede its operations.

Heritage Moments: Why do people in the Midwest sound like Buffalonians? Blame it on the Erie Canal

May 9, 2016
W. Roberts, from Marco Paul's Voyages & Travels, Erie Canal by Jacob Abbott, 1852

The  19th century engineering marvel called the Erie Canal is celebrated for many things: carrying settlers out to populate the Upper Midwest and rich harvests back to nourish the East; transforming Buffalo, Rochester and other tiny villages into thriving cities; and making New York the biggest, wealthiest, mightiest city of them all.


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"Built to Last" is the name that Governor Andrew Cuomo is giving to his list of proposals that will be unveiled during his upcoming State of the State address.

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The 17th Annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour began this morning.

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A news source in Rochester is reporting that a drowning victim was discovered in the Erie Canal in Brockport this morning.

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The City of Lockport celebrated its incorporation 150 years ago to the day, on Saturday.

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The annual mandated inspection of state canal system got underway in downtown Buffalo Tuesday morning.

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As part of our ongoing If Our Water Could Talk reporting, WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with author Edward McClelland. McClelland, who wrote Nothing But Blue Skies about the Great Lakes industrial past of Rust Belt cities like Buffalo, has been keeping a close watch on Buffalo's waterfront renaissance.

If Our Water Could Talk Part I: Buffalo River history

May 12, 2014
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After decades of pollution pouring into our waterways, a massive cleanup effort continues along the Buffalo River. WBFO & WNED-TV are examining our region's water resources in a project called If Our Water Could Talk. A special documentary will air Monday at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV. WBFO's Eileen Buckley begins our series looking back to the industrial age that tainted out most precious resource. 

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