The Erie Canal Aqueduct at Durhamville

Many books have been written about the building of the Erie Canal across New York State. In at least one of them it describes the problems of putting the canal across deep ravines.

The solution to this problem was in building a bridge for the water to flow over the ravine. This was the case at the gully just north of the City of Oneida at Durhamville.

Apparently in order for it's permanence to be assured an extra strong kind of limestone had to be used, and this was found in the limestone ridge on the Stockbridge East Hill. Big blocks of it were cut out, rolled down the hill and hauled by horse and wagon to the site. The stone that was used for much of the other concrete work on the canal was found in other places, some a little farther west. That stone was softer and was easier to make into concrete, but too soft for building the aqueduct. The quality of that Munnsville limestone is apparent by the way the aqueduct has held up. It seems to me that it is as sturdy as it was 180 years ago. C.E.P. 2002

aqueduct from below

View from below showing excess water overflowing

aqueduct view showing construction

View from west showing part of the aqueduct construction

Note - I laid down my cane while I took this picture

aqueduct crossing ravine

View from west showing the canal crossing the ravine

 

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