Document 6. Erie Canal Celebration Commemorative Wallpaper (1825).
This is a picture of the Erie Canal aqueduct at Rochester, New York. In Rochester, the Erie Canal had to cross the Genesee River. The Canal went east and west across New York State, although the Genesee River runs south to north, so an aqueduct was built to carry the Canal across the river.
The aqueduct made it possible for the canal water to be separate from the river water. The Canal, with its water and boats, traveled above the river in the aqueduct. This picture of the Rochester aqueduct is printed on wallpaper, an indication that people wanted a souvenir (a reminder) of the Canal's accomplishments in their homes.