Photographer's Note

In 1903 the people of NY state voted to expand the Erie Canal and build the Barge Canal System. The new canal, unlike the old utilized canalized natural water courses as well as artificial channels. The new concrete locks (57 in all) were electronically operated and could hold a vessel of 2,000 tons as opposed to 250 tons in the old ones. At Lockport, the old double flight of five locks were replaced by two giant single locks constructed in tandem, Locks 34 & 35, one of which is seen here.

The elevation of these two locks is 50 feet. The camera is pointing at the upper lock, I am standing on a walkway on the lower one. The canal is about 25 below where I am standing.

Construction of these locks began in 1910 and included the widening and deepening of the canal prism, construction of a hydraulic flume, and erection of two bridges. Work began on these locks in 1910 and completed in 1914 for a price of $1,048,072.

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