2462 NY 31, Weedsport, New York
Former Erie Canal aquaduct now the center of a popular local park
Overview Looking Southwest
This wide ditch was once the location of the Erie Canal, the Centreport Aqueduct is in the distance. When the Erie Canal became part of the New York Barge Canal, some of the original canal was relocated, in this case, just north of this alignment.
Photo taken by J.R. Manning in September 2020
+43.04261, -76.5773843°02'33" N, 76°34'39" W
The Centreport Aqueduct carried the Erie Canal over the confluence of the Cold Spring Brook and North Brook. (North Brook was an original feeder for the Erie Canal.)
There were three stone piers built to carry the canal. They were spanned with 16" square oak beams that were topped with pine planking. The aqueduct was 75 feet 6 inches long with three spans.
32 such aqueducts carried the Erie Canal over streams and rivers in the 386 mile route the Erie Canal followed from Albany to Buffalo. 34 locks lift the canal.
In 1917, the Erie Canal became a part of the New York State Barge Canal and the route changed in many places.
Today, the stone structure that supported the aqueduct is part of a popular local park. A new bridge that resembles the original bridge on the towpath was built in 1990. Empty piers on the other side of the canal was the location of a bridge that carried the heelpath. Today the bridge carries bicycles and pedestrians instead of tow horses.
National Register information
- Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 4, 2000
- Reference number
- Areas of significance
- Transportation; Engineering
- Level of significance
- Evaluation criteria
- A - Event; C - Design/Construction
- Property type
- Historic function
- Current function
- Periods of significance
- 1850-1874; 1875-1899
- Significant years
- 1854; 1857; 1895
- Number of properties
- Contributing structures: 3
Non-contributing structures: 1
- October 1, 2020: New photos from J.R. Manning
- October 1, 2020: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, updated description and added photos