OLD ERIE CANAL

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
Transportation
Location
Bennetts Corners Road, Memphis, NY
Lat/Long
43.085117, -76.377587
Grant Recipient
Town of Van Buren
Historic Marker

OLD ERIE CANAL

Inscription

OLD ERIE CANAL
FORMERLY CALLED CANTON,
MEMPHIS WAS HALF-WAY STOP
ON ORIGINAL CANAL ROUTE:
179 MILES FROM BUFFALO AND
183 MILES FROM ALBANY
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2018

The Erie Canal fundamentally changed the state of New York by connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. It facilitated the passage of goods and people from East to West, as well as brought significant growth and prosperity to the state and communities along its course. Memphis, New York formerly known as Canton, was an important half-way stop along the original canal route. It was 179 miles from Buffalo, NY and 183 Miles from Albany, NY.