Cayuga and Seneca Canal Collection

Collection Owner:
Cover Image:
Bill from A. O. Norcott

Collection Facts

Dates of Original:

Historical Context

The Cayuga-Seneca Canal connects the Erie Canal to Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake.

It was built from the Seneca River, which was an economic driver for the communities of Waterloo and Seneca Falls. The river was dammed in 1813 to create a canal with constructed locks, opened in 1818. More rapids were dammed over the following decades, and improvements allowed for more and bigger boats to travel.

Scope of Collection

Ledgers of canal usage and bills for work as saved by the Superintendent of Canal Repairs.