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Enlarged Erie Canal "Yankee Hill" Lock No. 28
-- Fort Hunter, N.Y.

"Yankee Hill" Lock No. 28 was a lift-lock on the Enlarged Erie Canal, built in 1841, with a lift of 8 feet. The lock was enlarged (lengthened and deepened to nine feet) in 1885. It is located about two and one-half miles east of Schoharie Creek.
The lock includes a stone plaque, inscribed "LOCK No. 28 / Archt. C. Powell Rest. Engr. / William Coleman & Co. Contractors / 1841" (see the plaque to the right).
Plaque on the east end of Enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 28

The 'Yankee Hill Lock' (Lock No. 28, 1841), Fort Hunter, N.Y. Old Erie Canal Lock No. 28, Fort Hunter, N.Y. View west into Yankee Hill Lock, north side, Fort Hunter, N.Y.
"The 'Yankee Hill Lock' (Lock No. 28, 1841): A view looking east from the Yankee Hill Lock" -- from: A Preliminary Proposal for a New York State Canal Museum and Lock Restoration Project, 1955 -- facing leaf 9. "Here the 'Improved' Erie is separated from the Mohawk River by an embankment. ... Note the eastbound tug and barge on the present canal." Old Erie Canal Lock No. 28, Fort Hunter, N.Y. -- South chamber, looking east-- taken in 1959 by Dante Tranquille. "Erie Canal National Historic Landmark, [Towns of] Glen and Florida, Montgomery Co., NY (Oct. 1983) -- View W into Yankee Hill Lock, N side; Grocery (#1) at right" / Charles H. Ashton , Heritage Studies, Inc. -- from National Park Service, http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NHLS/
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Enlarged Erie Canal Empire Lock No. 28, Fort Hunter, N.Y. Enlarged Erie Canal Empire Lock No. 28, Fort Hunter, N.Y. Enlarged Erie Canal Empire Lock No. 28, Fort Hunter, N.Y.
Enlarged Erie Canal "Yankee Hill" Lock No. 28, photographed in 1969 -- from the Historic American Engineering Record of the Library of Congress, HAER,NY,29-FORHU,2B-

Below are photographs of the remains of Enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 28 -- click on an image below to see the full-size version.

Lock No. 28 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 28 at Fort Hunter, N.Y.
Lock 28 and Putman's Lock Grocery -- looking east, toward the Mohawk River (April 2007). Lock 28 -- looking east, toward the Mohawk River (April 2007).
Lock No. 28 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 28 at Fort Hunter, N.Y.
Lock 28 -- looking west, toward Fort Hunter. Left: south chamber ; Right: north chamber. (both April 2007)
Lock No. 28 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 28 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 28 at Fort Hunter, N.Y.
Lock 28 -- north chamber, looking east, toward the Mohawk River (April 2007). Lock 28 -- north chamber, looking west, toward Fort Hunter (April 2007).
Lock No. 28 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 28 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 28 at Fort Hunter, N.Y.
Lock 28 -- south (lengthened) chamber, looking west, toward Fort Hunter (April 2007). Lock 28 -- south (lengthened) chamber, looking east, toward the Mohawk River (April 2007).
Lock No. 28 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock No. 28 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Lock 28 and Putman's Lock Grocery
Lock 28 and Putman's Lock Grocery -- looking north, toward the Mohawk River (April 2007). Lock 28 and Putman's Lock Grocery -- taken by Howard Ohlhous, shortly after Hurricane Irene; the resultant flooding swept the footbridge over the lock downstream, where it was later found and returned (Sept. 2011).
North wall of north chamber of Lock No. 28 North chamber of Lock No. 28, looking east South wall of the north chamber of  Lock No. 28
Lock 28 -- the north wall of the north chamber (Putman's store is visible in the upper background) (Sept. 2007). Lock 28 -- the north chamber, looking east (Sept. 2007). Lock 28 -- the south wall of the north chamber (Sept. 2007).
South chamber of Lock No. 28, looking east Putman's store, seen from the south wall of the south chamber Exterior wall (north side) of the extended south chamber
Lock 28 -- the south chamber, looking east. Click here for a Closeup of the door recess in the north wall of the chamber (Sept. 2007). Putman's store, seen from the south wall of the south chamber of Lock No. 28 (Sept. 2007). Lock 28 -- the exterior wall (north side) of the extended south chamber. (Sept. 2007)
East entrance to the north chamber of Lock No. 28 East entrance to the north chamber of Lock No. 28 Exterior wall (north side) of the extended south chamber
Looking north at the east entrance to the north chamber of Lock 28, with Putman's Store in the background (Sept. 2007). Note that the builder's plaque can be seen on the end of the central divider on the left. Looking north at the Mohawk River, with the east entrance to the north chamber of Lock No. 28 on the left (Sept. 2007). Looking northeast at the Mohawk River from the east end of the south chamber of Enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 28 (Sept. 2007).
Culverts allowed streams to pass under the canal and into the Mohawk River. Culvert 43 (Putman's Culvert) was constructed in the 1840s and is three feet tall, six feet wide, and 142 feet long. Located just west of Lock 28 at Fort Hunter, and still carrying water under the canal, the northern end is visible when the water is low. Culvert 43 at Fort Hunter, N.Y. Culvert 43 at Fort Hunter, N.Y.
Culvert 43 at Fort Hunter, N.Y., May 2007. Culvert 43 -- taken by Howard Ohlhous, Dec. 2008.

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