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Throughout the Ages
A Visual Document Resource

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Image. Erie Canal. Grand Celebration Ball Ticket.

1825 | Celebration

In 1825 the Erie Canal was finished and New Yorkers were proud. They planned a big celebration to mark the event.

Image. Erie Canal. Watercolor of an Aqueduct Across a River.

1830s | The Erie Canal At Work

By the 1830s the Erie Canal was up and running. The Canal helped some but caused problems for others.

Image. Barge Canal. Schoolchildren pose on a temporary footbridge across the Canal near Medina.

1918 | The Barge Canal

In 1903 New Yorkers voted to enlarge the Erie Canal. The result was the Barge Canal, completed in 1918.