Measuring An “Historic” Project’s Success

Five years ago, Historic Lock 19, located adjacent to the present-day Mohawk River/Erie Canal in Vischer Ferry, was in tough shape. Lost behind a canopy of trees, vines, roots and refuse, the ravages of time were evident. Vegetation growing up through the structure threatened to dislodge hand-laid stone blocks, first constructed during the enlargement of the Canal in 1842. This venerable part of Industrial Revolution history was in grave danger.

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