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Remind me some day to tell the story of Schuyler Meyer, who is credited with starting Urger’s educational program back in 1991. As of today, the season is over. Over 4500 NYS fourth graders have experienced the “Urger program” this season. That number and more have visited the 113-year-old vessel in festivals and other contexts along the Canal, now recognized as a very large location on the National Register of Historical Places.
Thanks to Chris Kenyon of Wayne County Tourism for the first and last photo here. All other photos were taken by Will Van Dorp.
All I know about these photos is that they were in frames in the Baldwinsville Lockmaster’s office. He didn’t know who took them or what year they were taken. Can anyone answer those questions or identify any of the people shown in the photos of Sheila Moran, Cheyenne, and the Great Lakes tugs (I think) called Pennsylvania and Maryland.
The Canal runs less than 400 miles across the state, but possibly because my journey has lasted over a hundred days now, it sometimes seems that I’ve crossed a continent since June, and an unfamiliar continent at that. The countless unexpected details–in spite of some familar ones–prompt the suggestion that these details are remnants of a lost civilization, vestiges of a culture that once valued them before those inhabitants vanished. All photos here by Will Van Dorp, taken between Brockport and Pittsford.
The 1823 culvert under the canal is a spectacle. Hope you enjoyed it from below and above here.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who didn’t need a drone camera for these.
When I noticed someone standing on a bridge in this rural area, I suspected it might be Bob, a person I’d never met but . . . click here to see how many posts he’s already contributed to.
Anyhow, I was not surprised when later I received the following photos…
… all taken between Clyde and Lyons by Robert Stopper.
Thank, Bob, and great to meet you.
Portions of NYS Canals run in the rivers, like here . . . where not a trace of human control of nature can be found except
here and there a navigational aid, and it would surprise no one if
a sasquatch would appear on the bank.
But railways and highways paralleling the canal are there, even though in places trees mask their presence.
Interstate to the south, and railway AND two-lane to the north.
Sometimes rail and
often highways switch banks.
All photos along the Erie Canal/Mohawk river by Will Van Dorp.
For link to many more links about the construction of the NY Thruway through this same area, click here.
For info on the latest mode of transport through the corridor, recreational cycling, clck here.