Adirondack Headwaters

The Stream That Changed Our HIstory

Erie DVD

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These three major sources were supplemented by many others along the Erie's length.
Where does the Erie's water come from? There are dozens of feeder streams along the way, but one of those stands out as the key to the erie's success - and it's no surprise that they began construction on July 4, 1817 where they did!

In fact, it seemed that every early attempt to cross the Appalachian mountain chain was bound to fail for one simple reason: The locks needed to lift boats required a large and reliable supply of water from the top of the Appalachian ridge. When the great Washington himself failed, that seemed proof that it couldn't be done!

America needed trade routes that could handle heavy cargoes over the steep Appalachian mountain chain.  Our country had TITLE to the western lands - including the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase - but could large numbers of Americans actually POSSESS that land?  Would we become ONE nation:  Or TWO?

General George Washington