Building the Erie Canal by Linda Thompson

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On October 25, 1825, the entire length of the Erie Canal was complete. The Erie Canal cost $7 million to build but increased the speed of moving goods and people significantly. This title will allow students to analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.

Genesee River view, New York, 1914. 39 In the 20th century, the canal network became more of a recreational and historic resource than a transportation corridor. In 2001, this network was designated the nation’s 23rd National Heritage Corridor. People Emblem marking 175 years can launch their own boat or of the Erie Canal. rent a boat and visit cities and towns along the canal. 7 meters) in some places and 20 feet (6 meters) in others. The historic towns along the route sponsor summer festivals.

Entrance of the canal into the Hudson at Albany. 29 The opening of the Erie Canal occurred before any telegraph network was in place, so planners came up with a clever way to let all of New York know the boats were coming. They placed cannons along the entire canal route, each cannon being within hearing distance of the next. When the boats were launched, the first cannon was fired, signaling the next to fire. It took the cannon signal one and a half hours to reach New York City, and then it was sent booming back to Buffalo.

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