FAQ about The Erie Canal

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  • When was the Canal built?
  • The answer depends on which canal you're asking about.  There have been three iterations, or versions of the Erie Canal.  The original Erie was begun on July 4, 1817 near Rome, NY.  It was completed eight years later on October 26, 1825.  The second version was begun almost as soon as the first was finished, and that enlargement was completed in about 1862.  The final "Barge Canal" that we see today was begun in 1905 and finished in 1918.

  • Why did they use mules to pull Erie Canal boats?
  • We have a video about that.  All of our information is second-hand, but we've been told that mules are careful about not drinking polluted water, which could make them sick.  Often the water in the Erie was polluted because of things people threw into it.  Mules also had smaller feet than horses, which would give them better traction.  One source says that they didn't use mules on the Erie much before the Civil War, but then after the war mules were very common on the canal.  My guess is that northern soldiers learned something from seeing mules used in the Army that they didn't know before the war.

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Streaming Erie Canal videos for classroom use The 21 video clips included in our Grand Erie Canal Classroom Collection can be purchased from this website or from Amazon.com for personal home use for $29.95.  The same DVD can be purchased by public or private school districts directly from us with a perpetual (lifetime) license for $99.00 per school DISTRICT (*for most districts: See pricing and license details ).  Educational cooperatives and state DOE's:  Inquire for special bulk pricing for all schools in your jurisdiction.  License terms subject to change at any time.  Prior sales for fixed terms have been automatically upgraded to perpetual status.  Licenses apply to the current content of the "Grand Erie Canal - The Classroom Collection" DVD only, and other programming may be made available in the future as separate offerings.