A boy drives a team of mules on the Erie Canal at Lyons, New York, 1910.
What kinds of transportation are depicted in this photograph?
What are the advantages of one over the other?
What was the relationship between the Erie Canal and the railroads? Explain.
What impact did the railroads have on the Erie Canal?
Social Studies, Math, & English Language Arts: Map the railroads and the Erie Canal across New York State. Research the cost to ship wheat by train and by canal. Research how long this shipment would take. Create an advertisement for one of these methods of transportation.
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