The Canal Breach -wild ride for bargemen!

It was a long time ago, but this newspaper clipping from The Lockport Daily Journal (May 1st 1872) explains it all.

(You’ll probably need to copy and paste this jpg image and import it into a viewer to enlarge it)


In this photo below taken in the 1940’s, you can see the embankment quite clearly. Note how high it is compared to the trees on the lowland (left corner).

There are no trees where the Oxbow Woods are now.  The old canal is visible between the cottages and the ‘Oxbow Woods’ field.

1940s_Oxbow_arial l_low.jpg

Here’s the embankment being worked on. I’m not sure whether this was another break being repaired, as the photo is dated 1918.1918_widewaters_embankment.jpg


Here’s the empty canal being worked on, horses being the main workers. If you blow up the photo and look closely, it looks like the horses are pulling sleds.1919_from_Fullamtown_Bridge.jpg

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

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