A few interesting facts (from "The Story of the New York State Canals"):
- The canal was begun in 1817 and completed in 1825
- Tolls were abolished in 1882, after earning 42 million dollars over its original cost
- The Erie Canal is 340.7 miles in length
- At minimum the canal is 75 feet in width
- Locks are at least 300 feet long and 44 1/2 feet wide
- Clearance under bridge must be at least 5 1/2 feet
- 57 locks that lift 6 to 40 1/2 feet are found along the length of the canal system
- The system of canals, including the Erie Canal and three branches, was called the Barge Canal..
- The system of canals, while no longer used primarily for transportation of goods, is now called the New York State Canal System
- Over 220 miles of the original towpaths, along which the mules used to plod as they pulled barges, are now walking and biking trails.
.... singing, "I've got an old mule and her name is Sal....