New York State Library, NYSL_low_bridge_everybody_down
Sheet music for the song "Low Bridge, Everybody Down," by Thomas S. Allen, 1913. Originally composed in 1905.
Why were bridges built so low?
What kinds of goods were transported on the Erie Canal?
Why were mules replaced by engines?
Do you think barges could be used today to transport goods?
When did the first engine-driven barge travel on the Erie Canal? When did the last mule barge travel on the Erie Canal? How long did it take for the engine-driven barges to totally replace barges pulled by mules?
English Language Arts: Write an editorial expressing a point of view concerning the replacement of mules with engines.
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Harness, Cheryl. Amazing Impossible Erie Canal. New York: Bradbury Press, 1995. ISBN: 0689825846, 0027426416
Hurst, Carol Otis. Through the Lock. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. ISBN: 0618030360.
Larkin, F. Daniel, Julie C. Daniels, and Jean West, eds. Erie Canal: New York's Gift to the Nation, A Document-Based Teacher Resource. Cobblestone Publishng Company, 2001. ISBN: 081267555X
Stein, R. Conrad. The Erie Canal. New York: Children's Press, 2004. ISBN: 0516242431.