• 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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Did You Know?

Image of several people on a canal boat.

The Erie Canal was the "information superhighway" of its time! While intended to facilitate faster and less expensive trade and commerce, it became the key route for the spread of news and of social reforms like abolition and women's rights.