Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Silenced Remains of Lock #9 on the Enlarged Erie Canal

The original Erie Canal officially opened in 1825.  The enlarged Erie Canal opened in 1842 and Lock #9 was a part of the enlarged system.  The remains of the lock still stand off Alexander Street between Central Avenue and Lincoln Avenue at the southern end of Cohoes.

Once this space was full of the sounds of rushing water, mechanical movements, metal on metal, wood on stone, voices over the air. Families, children, merchants, livestock and workhorses.

Now days, the space is quiet. Still.

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