A Century and a Quarter of History; Geneva from Seventeen Hundred and Eighty-Seven to Nineteen Hundred and Twelve

A Century and a Quarter of History; Geneva from Seventeen Hundred and Eighty-Seven to Nineteen Hundred and Twelve

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...two farmers of Tompkins county to build a vessel near the head of Seneca lake in 1823 and carry to New York a boat-load of wheat, the first to reach that market in bulk from so far in the interior.." An early writer of canal history, Cadwallader D. Colden, in speaking of the occurrence, says that "so happy an illustration of the advantages of the canals was not suffered to pass unnoticed by our citizens." In addition to the public entertainment, which he mentions, there was presented to these farmernavigators a memorial of the occasion and of the event which it celebrated. But recently the existence and location of this souvenir have come to the knowledge of State canal officials. To give it a place in canal records, a page is here devoted to its description and photographic representation. In fuller narration of this memorable trip the following is the history of the event furnished by the Department: "In November, 1823, there arrived in New York a boat from Hector, at the head of Seneca Lake, which attracted considerable attention. She had come by way of Seneca lake and Seneca river, through a private company's lock at Waterloo, from a point seventy miles south of the Erie canal and three hundred and fifty miles from New York. As an indication of the extent and importance of the benefits that would follow the opening of canals into the interior, this event was deemed worthy of notice, and her owners and navigators, two farmers of Tompkins county, were given a public entertainment." "This vessel," says Colden, "was not only received as the precursor of a commerce which will be unlimited in its extent and importance, but as an interesting evidence of the ingenuity and enterprise of our...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236967046
  • 9781236967046