A Symposium Commemorating the Bicentennial of America's Waterway

This article first appeared on the Utica College website.

Crossing New York State from the Hudson River at Albany to Buffalo, the Erie Canal revolutionized transportation and trade almost as soon as it opened. The time it took to travel across the state declined from two or more weeks to a mere five days; towns, villages, and cities developed along its course, and the Empire State’s economy grew concomitantly. Read more...