the Erie Canal between Rome and Utica

Fun Fact about the Syracuse area …. did you know …..

… that on October 22, 1819, the first boat traveled down the Erie Canal between Rome and Utica (the first completed section of the canal). This 60 foot long boat named “Chief Engineer of Rome” after Benjamin Wright, the civil engineer for that section of the Canal, left Rome being towed by one horse. The cost of the original Erie Canal was $7 million. Because of the opening of “Clinton’s Ditch” as it was referred to, the cost of shipping goods across state went from $100 to $7. Between 1824 and 1882, the total tolls collected were approximately $121 million.

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