THE ERIE CANAL

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
Transportation
Location
130 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, USA
Lat/Long
42.87823859999999, -78.87768979999998
Grant Recipient
Explore & More Children's Museum
Historic Marker

THE ERIE CANAL

Inscription

THE ERIE CANAL
BUILT FROM 1817-1825, THIS
363-MILE WATERWAY CONNECTED
THE HUDSON RIVER TO LAKE ERIE.
THIS IMPROVED TRANSPORTATION
SYSTEM MADE BUFFALO BOOM.
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2018

This marker is located inside the Explore & More Children’s Museum, a part of Canalside which occupies the historic Erie Canal Harbor in Buffalo. This harbor was the terminus of the Erie Canal completed in 1825.

The creation of the Eric Canal not only lowered travel costs for people and goods, but the fact that travel on the canal was much faster than overland travel contributed to Buffalo’s population boom. Between 1820 and 1830, the population of Buffalo grew approximately 300%.