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The Erie Canal carried more than cargo.

It was the Internet of its day, carrying people and ideas and bringing the young nation together. Built with bold vision, ingenuity, a can-do spirit and hard work, the canal helped to forge our national identity. Here, you can use the Internet of our day to learn all about the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the system of canals that still tie us together.

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The Erie Canal


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Stone and water made the Erie Canal. But innovation, bold leadership, hard work, and sacrifice are just as much a part of what made it America’s greatest manmade waterway.