The One Minute Geographer: All About the Erie Canal

Jim Fonseca
4 min readFeb 14
The 94-foot Upper Falls on the Genesee River in Rochester that had to be by-passed by the Genesee Canal. Within a mile or so were the 20-foot Middle Falls and the 78-foot Lower Falls. The Genesee connects to the Erie Canal a few miles south from these falls. Photo from

Here’s a summary of the 9 posts about the geography and history of the Erie Canal if you missed one or if you are new to the One Minute Geographer. You can click on one and follow the posts in sequence to the end.

1) Here’s the introduction to the Erie Canal — an ‘engineering miracle’ of its time.

Jim Fonseca

Geography professor (retired) writes The One Minute Geographer featuring This Fragile Earth. Top writer in Transportation and, in past months, Travel.