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Images of the Erie Canal between Little Falls and Schenectady

(click on the image below to see the full-size version)

Images of the Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley

Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley Lock on Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley
"Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley" (No. 2635, Rochester News Co., Rochester, N.Y.) -- Postcard (UNDB) ; postmarked Dec. 19, 1905. Another (colored) version of this scene is titled "Tow Path on Erie Canal, near Utica, N.Y." "Lock on Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley" (No. 2632, Rochester News Co., Rochester, N.Y.) -- Postcard (UNDB) ; postmarked Nov. 13, 1905.
Lock on Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley Mohawk Valley, N.Y.
"Lock on Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley" (No. 2633 -- Rochester News Co., Rochester, N.Y.) -- Postcard (UNDB) ; not postmarked ; approximately 1905. "Mohawk Valley, N.Y." (G 4370 -- Rotograph Co., N.Y. City, c1905) -- Postcard (UNDB) ; postmarked Jul. 16, 1907.

Images of the Erie Canal in the St. Johnsville area

Lock 33, St. Johnsville View of St. Johnsville
Photograph of Lock 33, St. Johnsville, while still in use (late 1890s?). Used courtesy of Terry Potoczny. View of St. Johnsville, N.Y. (Rochester News Co.?, New York (Litho-Chrome)) -- UNDB, but divided by user ; postmarked May 30, 1914, but clearly published 1906-1907 or earlier.

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For recent pictures of the remains of Lock 33 today, see the Enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 33 page. Also, for other historical pictures and pictures of the remains of Lock 33 today, see the Erie Canal Lock 33 web site.


Images of the Erie Canal in Fort Plain

View of Prism in Village of Fort Plain Fort Plain aqueduct, Fort Plain, N.Y.
"View of Prism in Village of Fort Plain [canal repairs]" -- from: Annual report of the State Engineer and Surveyor of the State of New York, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1897 (Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co., 1898) "Stone Bridge, Fort Plain, Montgomery County, N.Y." (Fort Plain aqueduct) -- from the Historic American Buildings Survey, Thos. T. Waterman, Photographer. [after 1933] -- HABS NY,29-FORPL,1-1. The portion of the aqueduct being used as a bridge was the towpath; the canal prism was a wooden trunk supported by the stone "walls" seen in the creek bed.
Erie Canal Lock, Fort Plain, N.Y. Lock no. 32, Erie Canal, Fort Plain, N.Y.
"Erie Canal Lock, Fort Plain, N.Y." (G R Chriss & Co, Fort Plain, N.Y.) -- Postcard ; not postmarked ; approximately 1907? "Lock no. 32, Erie Canal, Fort Plain, N.Y." (no publisher information) -- Postcard ; not postmarked ; approximately 1910?
Erie Canal, Fort Plain, N.Y. Erie Canal, Fort Plain, N.Y.
The Erie Canal at Fort Plain, N.Y. (no publisher info.) -- Postcard (UNDB) ; not postmarked ; approximately 1905? "Erie Canal, Fort Plain, N.Y." (No. E 2122, Diefendorf & Waters, Fort Plain, N.Y.) -- Postcard ; postmarked Sep. 18, 1915.

The following four images were contributed by Mr. Tom A. Doganieri, and are used courtesy of Cliff Williams and Terry Doganieri.
(The last two are full size.)
Lock no. 32, Enlarged Erie Canal, Fort Plain, N.Y. Fort Plain, N.Y. and the Enlarged Erie Canal
Lock 32, Fort Plain -- A late 1800s photo looking east -- the Doganieri property is to the left, adjacent to the canal locks. Fort Plain -- An 1880 photo looking northeast. Trees block the view of Lock 32.
Lock no. 32, Enlarged Erie Canal, Fort Plain, N.Y. Lock no. 32, Enlarged Erie Canal, Fort Plain, N.Y.
Lock 32, Fort Plain -- looking toward the northwest --
about 1900.
Looking into Lock 32, with the Lock Grocery/Doganieri House at the right.

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For pictures of the remains of Lock 32 today, see the Traces section.


Images of the Erie Canal in the Fultonville area

Erie Canal, Fultonville, N.Y.  
"Erie Canal, Fultonville, N.Y." (No. C 13494 -- Wm. W. Furbeck, Fultonville, N.Y.) -- Postcard ; not postmarked ; approximately 1910?  


Images of the Erie Canal in the Fort Hunter/Tribes Hill area

Lock and dam at Tribes Hill, N.Y. Fort Hunter, N.Y., The Schoharie Aqueduct
"Barge Canal Contract No. 17" [Lock No. 12 and dam at Tribes Hill] -- from: Annual Report of the State Engineer and Surveyor of the State of New York for the fiscal year ended September 30, 1911 (Albany : Argus Co., printers, 1912) -- facing p. 58. "Fort Hunter, N.Y., The Schoharie Aqueduct" (No. 3681, Hugh C. Leighton Co., Portland, ME.) -- Postcard ; postmarked Oct. 13, 1916.

Enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 30 and Brown's Cash Store, Fort Hunter, N.Y. Enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 30, Fort Hunter, N.Y. Enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 30, Fort Hunter, N.Y.
Brown's Cash Store [to the right of Lock 30], circa 1900, once located on today's corner of Main Street and Schoharie Street in Fort Hunter. It housed a canal store, butcher shop, inn, tavern, and a post office. Burned down in 1916. -- From the Clarke Blair Collection, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. Above left: "Brown's store at Lock 30, Improved canal" -- p.12 ;
Right: "Boat passing through Lock 30" -- p.13
-- both from: Fort Hunter - "Canal-Town, U.S.A." / by David H. Veeder. (Fort Hunter, N.Y. : Fort Hunter Canal Society ; printed by The Noteworthy Co., Amsterdam, N.Y., c1968. --
Enlarged Erie Canal Lock No. 30 was a lift-lock on the Enlarged Erie Canal, built in 1841, it was located just east of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct. Owing to its condition and its location in the middle of the village of Fort Hunter, it was pulled down in 1955, and no trace of it remains today.
Schoharie Dam, Fort Hunter, N.Y. Schoharie Creek Aqueduct, Fort Hunter, N.Y. Mules on the towpath of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct, Fort Hunter, N.Y.
Left: "The Dam, Fort Hunter, N.Y." -- p. 6
(Schoharie dam formed the still water pool used for the original crossing of the creek. After the aqueduct was put in use in 1841, the pool continued to supply water to the old canal, which then served as a feeder to the improved canal.)
Middle: "Schoharie Creek aqueduct. Early 1900's"-- p. 11
Right: "Towing boat across Schoharie Creek Aqueduct" -- p. 12
-- all from: Fort Hunter - "Canal-Town, U.S.A." / by David H. Veeder. (Fort Hunter, N.Y. : Fort Hunter Canal Society ; printed by The Noteworthy Co., Amsterdam, N.Y., c1968).

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For more images of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct, the Old Erie 'Empire' Lock No. 20, Enlarged Erie 'Empire' Lock No. 29, 'Yankee Hill' Lock No. 28, and the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Park, go to the Schoharie Crossing page.


Images of the Erie Canal in the Amsterdam area

Erie Canal looking East, Amsterdam, N.Y. On the Tow Path, Erie Canal and Mohawk River
"Erie Canal looking East, Amsterdam, N.Y." (no publisher given) -- Postcard ; postmarked Oct. 27, 1906. "On the Tow Path, Erie Canal and Mohawk River - Amsterdam in distance" (No. 3670, The Hugh C. Leighton Co., Portland, Me.) -- Postcard ; postmarked May 26, 1913.
Lock No. 11, Barge Canal, Amsterdam, N.Y.  
"Lock No. 11, Barge Canal, Amsterdam, N.Y." (R-26429 -- [Diamond] W) -- Postcard ; postmarked Sep. 3, 1912.  
Barge Canal, Lock 11, Amsterdam, N.Y. Interior Lock No. 11, Amsterdam, N.Y.
"Barge Canal, Lock 11, Amsterdam, N.Y." (218935 -- The Valentine-Souvenir Co., New York) -- Postcard ; postmarked Oct. 26, 1915? (year unclear). "Interior Lock No. 11, Amsterdam, N.Y." (A-80310, Chas. W. Hughes, Mechanicville, N.Y.) -- Postcard ; not postmarked ; 1920s?

Lock Eleven on the Erie Canal at Amsterdam, New York /
John Collier, photographer -- Oct. 1941

Images from the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.)
Lock Eleven on the Erie Canal at Amsterdam, N.Y.
Lock Eleven on the Erie Canal at Amsterdam, N.Y. Lock Eleven on the Erie Canal at Amsterdam, N.Y. Lock Eleven on the Erie Canal at Amsterdam, N.Y.
The barge Edward Hedger in Lock Eleven near Amsterdam, N.Y.
"Many of the Erie Canal barges are still built of wood." -- The barge Edward Hedger in Lock Eleven near Amsterdam.
Barge in Lock Eleven, Erie Canal, near Amsterdam, N.Y.
"Barge in Lock Eleven, Erie Canal, near Amsterdam, New York."
Barges passing through Lock Eleven, near Amsterdam, N.Y.
"Barges passing through Lock Eleven, Erie Canal, New York."

Images of the Erie Canal in the Scotia area

Lock no. 8 and Dam no. 4, at Scotia, N.Y., 1915 Lock no. 8, Scotia, N.Y., 1916
"Barge Canal, Contract No. 8-A: Lock no. 8 and Dam no. 4, at Scotia, N.Y." -- from Annual Report of the State Engineer and Surveyor of the State of New York for the fiscal year ended September 30, 1915 (Albany : J. B. Lyon Co, printers, 1916) -- facing p. 88. "Lock and movable dam at Scotia" -- from: Annual Report of the State Engineer and Surveyor of the State of New York, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1916 (Albany : J.B. Lyon Co., 1917) -- facing p. 12.
Lock no. 8, Scotia, N.Y., 1916 Lock no. 8 and Dam no. 4, at Scotia, N.Y., 1921
"Barge Canal, Contracts Nos. 8-A and 115: Lock and movable dam at Scotia" -- from: Annual Report of the State Engineer and Surveyor of the State of New York, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1916 (Albany : J.B. Lyon Co., 1917) -- facing p. 64. "Movable dam of bridge type, beside a lock, at Scotia, on the Mohawk river" -- from: History of the Barge Canal of New York State / by Noble E. Whitford; supplement to the Annual report of the State Engineer and Surveyor for the year ended June 30, 1921 (Albany : J.B. Lyon Co., printers, 1922) -- opposite p. 148.
Lock no. 8, Scotia, N.Y., 1916  
"Barge Canal, Contract No. 20-D: A view of Mohawk River canalization" -- from: Annual Report of the State Engineer and Surveyor of the State of New York, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1916 (Albany : J.B. Lyon Co., 1917) -- facing p. 72.  

Images of the Erie Canal in Rotterdam

Lock no. 23, at Rotterdam, N.Y., 1941 Lock no. 23, at Rotterdam, N.Y., 1941
"Lock on the old Erie Canal not in use, New York" / John Collier, photographer -- Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Photograph Collection, Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, Oct. 1941.

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