Oswego County Canal System

Prior to the Oswego Canal, the Oswego River was a major route for the transportation of people and goods from the east to the Great Lakes and beyond. Once the Erie Canal was in place, people along the Oswego River wanted to ensure their river remained a vital waterway. With their advocacy efforts, the state set aside $160,000 for the Oswego Canal. Construction on the Oswego Canal began in 1826.

Visit the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY to learn more about the history of the canal system in Central New York.


Vintage Oswego Canal Images

Images from the collection of the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY

Oswego Canal 2017

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Ray Sax Canal Drawings