Erie Canal locks at Lockport, New York

Probably the biggest challenge of building the Erie Canal was finding a way down the Niagara Escarpment — the same steep cliff the Niagara Falls originally flowed over.

The builder’s solution was a series of five locks to drop canal boats more than 50 feet at Lockport. They later replaced the quint locks with a pair of huge locks that serves today. The old locks are now a spillway sometimes called Lockport Falls.

There’s also a pretty neat canal museum there at the locks. It was worth the trip for this bit of Americana.

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