Erie Canal Museum

Yesterday we went to the Erie Canal Museum located in the Erie Canal Weighlock Building in Syracuse, NY.  This is the only Erie Canal weighlock building left, and it is the only building of its kind in the world.

These next two photos from the collection of the Onondaga Historical Association show the Weighlock Building as it was when the Erie Canal ran through Syracuse (looking southeast).
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The boats would drive into the weighlock to be weighed and to pay their toll. The tolls collected at the weighlocks eventually paid for the Erie Canal.
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This next photo shows the Weighlock Building today, with the Erie Canal Museum built on, and of course, the canal no longer runs through the city.  This is looking west at the Weighlock Building.
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This is a model of the weighing device:
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This is the view looking west at an example of the next boat that would be entering the weighlock:
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And this is the view looking east as if the boat we were on was being weighed:
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After we went through the museum, we went outside to the west side to view the gates:
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And the view as if we were waiting to the side of boat behind the one being weighed:
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This Weighlock Building is a New York Historic Civil Engineering Landmark:
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I saw this boy and mule across the street:
“I had a mule and her name was Sal, 15 miles on the Erie Canal. . .”
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We shopped in the gift shop and I discovered wonderful smelling soap made by Erie Canal Soap Co. The papers covering each different soap is a different old post card of the Erie Canal.  I bought the cinnamon one, as shown here:
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“Canal Boats going over Aqueduct, Rochester, N.Y.” postmarked Sep. 16 1919.

There is so much more to see at this museum, and it’s all very interesting.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jayne
    Aug 31, 2008 @ 06:06:25

    What a neat place Pam! Thanks for taking us along!

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  2. Alice
    Aug 31, 2008 @ 07:30:26

    Thanks for the history – I read your site often. I was born and lived in and around Rochester all my life so enjoy your site. My fourth grade teacher at #7 school on Pierpont Street taught us to love the Erie Canal history. I did not know the boats traveled on top of the adeduct.

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  3. Pam
    Aug 31, 2008 @ 07:36:55

    You’re welcome, Jayne!

    Alice – Thank you! I didn’t know about boats traveling on the aqueducts either until just recently. That’s great your teacher taught you Erie Canal history!

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