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Canals & Transportation

New York ushered in a new era in our nation’s transportation history when the Erie Canal was completed in 1825.  Since then, the state has continued to lead the way in finding new ways of moving people and goods.  Those efforts helped our nation grow in size, population and economic strength while making New York the center of a transportation revolution which has continued into the 21st century.
 
A visitor can explore New York’s transportation history by traveling from one end of the state to the other, literally.  At Montauk Point, you can visit the nation’s 4tholdest lighthouse, the construction of which was authorized by President George Washington.
 
While at the end of the state, in Lockport, travelers can see one of the most impressive feats of engineering during the early 19th century when they visit the Erie Canal’s Flight of Five Locks.   These locks were insturmental in opening the young nation’s Northwest Territories to trade.
 
The Erie Canal Museum traces the history of the canal, from conception to consturction and tells the story of the people, as well as the technology, involved in building one of the most important public works projects in the state’s and nation’s history.
 
Finding new ways to use historic structures to move people inspired the opening of the Walkway Over the Hudson, the longest elevated pedistarian bridge in the world.  It was first opened in 1876 as the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, connecting New York to parts of New England.  After nearly a century of use, the bridge was forced to close due to fire.  In 2009, it was reopened to serve in its current capacity, providing tourists with a breathtaking view of the Hudson Valley as well as the ability to connect with history.
 
Path Through History’s Canals and Transportation theme has all this more to offer visitors.  Search our list of sites now in order to plan your trip.
 
 
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