Thursday, May 5, 2011

Juncta, where the Erie and Champlain Canals Came Together in Cohoes, NY

Old Juncta, Cohoes, NY
Juncta doesn't exist on contemporary maps, paper or digital. Juncta is the old area near the southern ends of Saratoga Street and Main Street where the Champlain and Erie Canals joined together to continue the route to Albany, New York or if your direction was north or west it was where the canal separated to to to Buffalo or to Whitehall and Lake Champlain.  It once was the hub of canal boat activity and commerce. It was here in Juncta, that stores sold food supplies and hardware for boats, stables, livestock, animal feed and all the commodities necessary to a canalman. Hotels were operated to give travelers, merchants and boatmen a rest.

Juncta in its Heyday

Below is the New York State Historical Marker explaining the Juncta site today:

facing south.....

facing north...Main and Saratoga Streets join together...

and a section of the old Champlain canal along Interstate 787....

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