Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Iron & steel: From the Great Lakes to NYC via the Erie Canal and Hudson River

NY state by trudeau
NY state, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

- the outline of NY state
- the edge of Lakes Erie and Ontario
- Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany.
- the highway that connects the above cities, which parallels the Erie Canal of 1825.
- the Hudson River

- The Erie Canal was a huge investment and gamble for the state of NY, but it paid off.

The Erie Canal enabled the shipment of iron, coal, timber and. eventually, steel goods, to NY Harbor. That commerce created new businesses, jobs and much profit. It was especially beneficial to NYC.

Ships in New York Harbor ferried US goods to every part of the world.