CHRONOLOGICAL RÉSUMÉ OF IMPORTANT LAWS AND EVENTS.


ONEIDA LAKE CANAL.

1827

Petitions to Legislature for the construction of Oneida Lake canal.

1831

Petition to Legislature for the incorporation of a company to build a canal from Erie canal to Oneida lake.

1832

Chapter 53 Oneida Lake Canal Co. incorporated to build canal from Erie canal to Oneida lake, capital stock $40,000.

1835

Chapter 70, Amount of capital increased by $30,000.

Canal completed 6.5 miles; 7 locks, 1 guard-lock, 40 ft. surface, 26 ft. bottom, 4 ft. water; cost $78,825.

September 12, Navigation opened.

1836

Chapter 534 Canal to be extended 4 miles up Fish creek.

1840

Chapter 258 Canal to be purchased by State for not over $50,000.

1841

Canal transferred to State for $50,000.

1846

Constitution, Art. VII, Sec. 6, Canals never to be sold, leased or otherwise disposed of.

New towing-path built along Wood creek, one mile long.

1847

Feeder made navigable for boats of 3 feet draught; Erie canal to Oneida depot.

Towing-path along Wood creek destroyed by floods.

1849

Chapter 425 Additional land to be purchased and towing-path to be built on Wood creek.

1855

Contracts let to keep canal in repair for 5 years.

1860

Chapter 46 When rebuilt, locks to be same size as on enlarged Erie canal.

1862

Chapter 486 Commissioners to present comparative estimates for rebuilding locks of existing and enlarged dimensions; locks to be repaired as long as possible.

1863

Contracts let for rebuilding locks.

Report to Senate by canal board, recommending new route, from Durhamville to South Bay, 5.3 miles.

Contractors on locks abandon work.

Navigation suspended entire season, owing to uselessness of old locks and preparations for rebuilding new ones; never again opened on this route.

1865

Chapter 626 Canal board to settle with contractors for rebuilding locks.

1867

Chapter 934 Canal contracting board may rebuild locks or build canal in new location; $346,153.47 appropriated.

December 18, New canal placed under contract.

1868

Moneys appropriated under chapter 934-1867 to be paid into State treasury.

1869

Chapter 815 Reappropriates $264,498.26 for building canal.

Chapter 913 Authorizes canal board to make supplementary contracts.

December, Supplementary contracts made.

1870

Chapter 737 Canal commissioners to allow contractors building locks their actual cost, where bids were less.

June, Second supplementary contracts made for locks.

Work suspended; funds exhausted; one section completed, remainder done, locks nearly finished.

1871

Chapter 930 Appropriation to continue enlargement.

1872

Chapter 700 Appropriation for payment of labor performed and not paid for.

Chapter 850 Appropriates $50,000 to complete enlargement. (Nothing done till 1874.)

1873

Chapter 766 Additional appropriation of $25,000 for completion.

February 4, Report of canal commissioners, responding to legislative inquiry concerning canal finances, time of completion, etc.

December 19, New contracts let; to be completed January 1, 1875.

1874

June, Work again commenced.

1875

Chapter 594 Appropriation to complete canal.

January, Work again suspended.

1877

Chapter 301 Reappropriates unexpended balances to complete canal, if canal board approves.

September, Canal completed.

October 6, Navigation opened.

October, Two breaks, latter closes canal for rest of season.

1878

Canal open after July 1; serious break; canal open again till close of season; not open after this year.

1879

Superintendent of Public Works advises abandonment of the canal.

1883

Chapter 495 Oneida Lake canal fund appropriation.

1887

Chapter 428 Lands taken for New Oneida Lake canal released to parties from whom acquired.

Canal officially abandoned.

1889

Chapter 570 Appropriation for constructing and repairing road crossings.

1894

Chapter 198 Interest to be allowed claimants on awards for damages caused by construction of canal.

1897

Chapter 566 For a steel swing-bridge over canal at Higginsville. (Completed 1898.)



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