A visual history of the Erie Canal

Welcome to 40x4x28, a visual exploration of the most consequential public infrastructure project in American history. The Erie Canal, originally completed nearly 200 years ago, forever altered the face and character of the United States. These landscapes capture glimpses of places along its path at specific moments in time.

I’m pleased to announce the opening of our online store, where you can purchase high-quality prints of these Erie Canal scenes. Fine-art giclée prints, made with fade-resistant inks on archival paper, are available in unmounted and framed versions. Large (24×17) and small (19×13) posters, printed on photo satin paper, are also available. I appreciate your support!

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Over the river

The Genesee River was a boon, an obstacle, and a threat to the inhabitants of the village of Rochester and Erie Canal planners. This is the story of how they learned to live alongside and exploit it, and how the decision was made to build the Rochester aqueduct.

There for the taking

Long before European incomers began pushing their way up the Hudson and then west, the interior of what is now New York state had been settled by a Confederacy of five indigenous nations — the Haudenosaunee or People of the Longhouse. From east to west, these were the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca. The …