Happy Birthday today to the magnificent Erie Canal!

It was completed on this date in 1825.  This waterway is the gem of all New York State engineering marvels.  Even today it is well worth a ride on the canal route, either by boat or car.  All of the little towns have canal stories to tell and they are well worth a short visit.

A head’s up for all New York State Festival Fanatics.  The biggest Erie Canal Festival takes place in Tonawanda, NY in July!  So though it is still 9 months now, make you plans to attend.  We hope to visit the festival and report back here to you all next summer.

Happy Birthday Erie Canal!

About "Big Chuck"

Hi folks, this is "Big Chuck" here. I love Upstate New York! I have written several books about the region, do a lot of public speaking around the state, am an award-winning radio broadcaster (since 1989), write a bi-monthly newspaper column and give walking tours of Cooperstown, N.Y. Yes, I do keep busy! I hope we can share some Upstate stories on this blog! If you would like to take a look at my series of Upstate New York books visit www.upstatenewyorkbooks.vpweb.com
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