Built in 1841-1845 as part of the Enlarged Erie Canal, the Jordan Aqueduct is located in the Village of Jordan, Onondaga County, N.Y. The aqueduct uses 4 spans to cross Skaneateles Creek, and is 105 feet and 6 inches long. It was abandoned in 1917 at the close of the canal season. In 1932, a garden park was created, with the aqueduct remains as the centerpiece of the park. A modern bridge crosses the supports of the canal prism trunk, and the towpath arches serve as a part of the Erie Canal Trail. The Village of Jordan maintains the gardens and the aqueduct remains.
Below are photographs of the Jordan Aqueduct taken in November 2007. Click on an image below to see the full-size version.
|The towpath arches of the Jordan Aqueduct, looking northwest.||Interpretive sign at the aqueduct.|
|The towpath arches of the Jordan Aqueduct, looking northeast. In the foreground are the gardens of the park.||Looking north at the four towpath arches of the Jordan Aqueduct. The stone structures in the foreground are the prism trunk support piers, and the grassy area is the former canal prism -- fill has covered the bottom of the eastern two prism supports. The modern bridge crosses over Skaneateles Creek.||The towpath arches of the Jordan Aqueduct, looking northeast from within the canal prism.|
|Looking north at the westernmost two arches of the Jordan Aqueduct towpath. The westernmost pier and three of the prism trunk supports can be seen in the middle -- the modern bridge spans Skaneateles Creek from one trunk support to another, crossing a third.||The prism trunk supports of the Jordan Aqueduct, looking southwest.||The Aqueduct prism trunk supports (in the middle) with Skaneateles Creek flowing over the modern dam to the right. The modern bridge is a feature of the Canal Park and garden, and spans the creek from one trunk support to another, crossing a third.|
|The north (towpath) side of the Jordan Aqueduct, looking southwest from the bank of Skaneateles Creek.||The Jordan Aqueduct, looking west from within the canal prism. The modern bridge in the middle crosses over Skaneateles Creek, the towpath arches are to the right, and the prism trunk supports are at left center.||The Jordan Aqueduct, looking east. The towpath (canal trail) is at the left, and the prism trunk supports are to the right of the modern bridge.|
Another remnant of the Enlarged Erie Canal, Lock No. 51, is located just west of Jordan.