New York State Archives, NYSA_A0834-77_003
Erie Canal locks at Lockport, New York, with harnessed mules in the foreground, c. 1890s.
What are the mules doing in the picture?
Why do you think the town is called Lockport?
What is the function of the locks?
Why were the Lockport locks enlarged?
Why would this change in size allow more weight to be carried on canal boats?
What kind of positive impact did the enlargement of the locks have on the transportation of goods?
Draw a map depicting the geographic changes that resulted from the enlargement and completion of the locks.
Math: Determine the distance in miles between Lockport and Albany. Then calculate how much time it would take to drive the distance if you were traveling sixty miles an hour.
Science: Research which simple machine was used to pull the boats along the canal.
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