The One Minute Geographer: The Amazing Importance of the Erie Canal, Part 7

The Allegheny Portage Railroad in Pennsylvania used stationary steam engines to pull canal packet boats uphill on rails. Illustration dated 1839 from Wikipedia.

We’re getting close to wrapping up our discussion of important aspects of the Erie Canal — how it helped shape US geography and history.

14) The Erie Canal is enjoying its retirement. We’ve noted before that the Erie Canal is still operating but it’s used now almost entirely for recreational boating and cruises. How did this happen…

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Jim Fonseca

Jim Fonseca

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