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Fall Field Trip 2013

Three Erie Canals in Montgomery, Schenectady and Saratoga Counties

October 18-20, 2013
Headquarters: Holiday Inn, 100 Nott's Terrace


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Summary of Stops

Friday, Oct. 18

1:15 – 2 p.m.
Early Bird Special: The Noses - Looking West from the Base of Holiday Inn Sign on the
East Ridge. Stop to see this dramatic view of the Mohawk Valley, where the “noses”
narrow the valley.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Tour of Fonda Maintenance Shop with Section Superintendent Tom Anglin.

7:30 p.m.
Evening Program- Our typical Friday night trip overview and housekeeping notes.

Saturday, Oct. 19 - “2011 Hurricanes and Recovery”

8:00 a.m.
Depart Holiday Inn- As we head west on Rt 5S, we will be following the route of
the historic Erie.


STOP 1
Barge Canal Lock 10, Cranesville. Lock 10 was just finishing repairs from the flood of 2006 when it was severely damaged by the 2011 floods.


STOP 2
Schoharie Crossing, Fort Hunter. New York State maintains a park here at the Crossing, named for the spot where the first and second versions of the Erie crossed the Schoharie Creek. Many remains of the earlier canal era are intact, as is nearby Barge Canal Lock 12 in Tribes Hill. The museum was almost washed away as flood waters rushed down the Schoharie.


STOP 3
Barge Canal Lock 11 and Guy Park Manor – storm damage, repair and stabilization, and self guided tour of Guy Park Manor. As we will see at Stop #1, Lock 10, as the debris collected on the dam, the flood waters jumped the banks and washed away the surrounding grounds. Guy Park Manor which was carefully preserved during the construction of Lock #11, was almost washed away by the floods.


Noon – LUNCH
Russo’s Grill buffet lunch, Amsterdam, just across from Lock 11.


STOP 4
Lock 9, Rotterdam Junction. Lock 9 is one of two locks/ dams that had roadways installed through the structure. The highway approaches to the dam formed a dike that prevented the water from flowing around the structure, until it was washed away, severing the highway. So much land was washed that the lock became an island until the land could be replaced.


STOP 5
Barge Canal Dam and Lock 8, Scotia. See structure from the north side of river. Much of the damage to Lock 8 was concentrated to the north end of the dam, where the flood waters jumped onto the flood plain.


STOP 6
Enlarged Erie Lock 19, Visher Ferry. The first and second versions of the Erie crossed the Mohawk into Saratoga County at Crescent and re-crossed the Mohawk at Rexford. Lock 19 is located at the west end of a park built along the old canal.


Evening Program
Cash bar at 6:30 p.m. at hotel bar in restaurant across from Union Room. Dinner will follow at 7:30pm in Union Room. The Evening speaker to be announced.


Sunday, Oct. 20

Mabee Farm - At the Mabee Farm Historic Site, you can learn first-hand about the life of one of Schenectady County’s early families.


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