Monday, August 23, 2010
Montezuma's Canal History: Where it All Began
Both photos are located on the west side of Route 90
near the present-day firehouse.
This is the site of the junction of the Erie and Cayuga-Seneca Canals.
The Exchange Hotel in the older picture burned in 1917. The abutement
from the crossover bridge
still remains today near the entrance of the trail
leading into the proposed Montezuma Heritage Park
On August 14, 2010, the Montezuma Historical Society joined with the Old Brutus Historical Society and Lock 52 Historical Society to offer a combined historic site canal tour in Cayuga County. Representatives from Jordan also joined us to begin the tour at the Jordan/Weedsport line at the site of Lock 51. Both guided and self-guided tours were scheduled for the day. Mike Riley, Canal Historian lead the guided tours with five stops between Jordan and Montezuma.
The event was part of the statewide 5th Annual Canal Splash of locally organized events to celebrate the history, recreational appeal and beauty of the New York Canal System and Erie Canalway Trail. Folks got to visit many of the sites starting at the trail head pictured here that will be featured in the Heritage Park, including the magnificent Richmond Aqueduct pictured in our blog heading.
For more information, including downloads on the historic sites in Cayuga County visit the Canal Splash blog which will continue to be updated with new information for tours whether you are looking to explore the sites on your own or join in future tours; visit: http://canalsplash.blogspot.com