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- Date added
- Nov 21, 2009
- Date taken
- Nov 21, 2009
This panorama of the Erie Canal was taken in Pittsford, New York on the afternoon of October 6, 2009. Nine portrait-mode images have been stitched together.
The historic Erie Canal runs from the Hudson River in Albany to Lake Erie near Buffalo, New York. The canal was begun in 1817, completed in 1825, and enlarged in the 1850's and early 1900's. The section through Pittsford, New York was opened in 1822, making Pittsford an active commericial port along the path to the mid-western United States. Today all canal traffic is recreational.
An excellent history of the Erie Canal can be found on Wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_Canal
My Flickr photograph of a sailboat passing through nearby Erie Canal Lock 33 can be seen at -
Pittsford was incorporated in 1827 and grew as a direct consequence of commerce on the Erie Canal. During the Civil War, Pittsford was a major stop on the "Underground Railroad", providing a refuge for runaway slaves. Today, Pittsford is well know for its golf courses, including Oak Hill Country Club, which has hosted 3 U.S. Opens, 2 PGA tournaments, and the Ryder Cup. The Locust Hill Country Club hosts an annual LPGA tournament. The NFL Buffalo Bills also hold their summer training camp in Pittsford, at St. John Fisher College. Chuck Mangione, the Grammy-winning jazz musician known for playing the flugelhorn and the song "Feels So Good", is a resident of Pittsford. For a more detailed history of Pittsford see the Wikipedia site - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsford_ (town),_New_York
You may also be interested in my Flickr Rochester, New York set of pictures.