• Black and white photo of a girl and her family on a canal packet boat in Rochester, NY

    Erie Canalway

    National Heritage Corridor New York

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A closeup image of several people in a boat being towed along the Erie Canal.

Once known by skeptics as "Clinton's Ditch," the Erie Canal trumped its doubters by opening faster and cheaper transportation across New York State and advanced Euro-American settlement of the Northeast, Midwest, and Great Plains.