July 4th Marks Bicentennial of Erie Canal Construction

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Issue Date
2017-07-01
Authors
Ballard, Matthew R.
Publisher
County of Orleans
Keywords
Village Of Medina , Orleans County , Erie Canal
Abstract
After the construction of the Erie Canal, Western New York became the "Bread Basket of the World" up until the start of the Civil War. The extreme drop in shipping prices from $.25 per bushel to $5.00 per ton marked a significant turning point in the agricultural history of Orleans County.
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