The National Park Service announced Wednesday that the entire New York State Barge Canal system has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The announcement was made at the Erie Canal’s eastern terminus in Waterford, near Albany.
The Barge Canal was the early 20th-century enlargement and renovation of the original Erie Canal, which opened in 1825. In some places, the Barge Canal, dug between 1905 and 1918, follows a different route than the original waterway.
The designation also includes three branch canals: the Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca canals, which also were enlarged a century ago after originally being dug in the 19th century.
“This fitting and well-deserved recognition further exemplifies that national significance of America’s most iconic, influential and enduring waterway, the Erie Canal and New York State Canal System,” said Brian U. Stratton, director of the state Canal Corp.