Creating a visual history

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 this country. I’m hoping to capture glimpses of its history by making digital landscapes of places along its path at specific moments in time. This site will document my research and the work in progress.

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To build a bridge

The early 19th century was an era of bridge building in the young United States. White settlers were pushing their way across the Appalachians and the need for dependable overland transportation routes was becoming ever more urgent. Grain and raw materials needed to be sent to markets back east. Tools and other manufactured goods were …