Timeline of ImportantEvents
French Engineer Vauban suggestscanal between Lakes Erie and Ontario.
Gouverner Morris talks of thepossibility of a waterway linking the Great Lakes to the Hudson
Western Inland Lock NavigationCompany was formed to provide a waterway from the Hudson River to LakeOntario
Western Lock Navigation Co. buildslocks around Little Falls
February 5th, improvements, includinga canal to Lake Erie. 1816 Governor Dewitt Clinton's canal visit to Buffalo
Two new York legislatures goto Washington and talked to President Jefferson about financial help. Hesaid no because he didn't feel it was practical
A commission is formed to overseethe building of the canal
War of 1812 delays the beginningof construction
The canal bill passed the statelegislature in April. July 4th Canal construction began in Rome, New York
October 23, middle section ofcanal opened from Utica to Rome.
The Erie Canal's middle sectionwas completed [ Utica to Salina] 1825 October 26th, first passage throughcanal from Lake Erie to New York City. 363 miles long, 40 feet wide,4 feetdeep, max displacement 75 tons,77 locks, total lockage 655 feet. Erie Canalwas completed. Celebrations opened the Canal.
Nov. 2: Wedding of the Waters
The Oswego branch opens.
The Cayuga and Seneca branchesopen. 1835 The Erie Canal is enlarged.
The Chemung Canal opens.
Erie canal enlarged.
The Chenango and Genosre canalsopen.
Improvements on the Canal aremade
Erie canal enlarged again.
Replaced Erie canal with Bargecanal.
St. Lawrence Seaway opens.
Old Erie State Park was created.